Four short links: 27 November 2009

3D Models from Webcams, a Javascript Scheme, EMACS in Your Browser, and CS History

  1. ProFORMA — software which builds a 3D model as you rotate an object in front of your webcam. Check out the video below. (via Wired)
  2. BiwaScheme — a Scheme interpreter written in Javascript. (via Hacker News)
  3. YMacs — in-browser EMACS written in Javascript. Emacs, for those of you who were left in any doubt, is the only editor ever created by software engineers worth a damn (where “worth a damn” == “has possibly already achieved sentience”) with the possible exception of teco.
  4. Historic Documents in Computer Science — my eye was caught by John Backus’s first FORTRAN manual, Niklaus Wirth’s original Pascal paper, the BCPL reference manual (the C programming language got its name from the C in BCPL), and Eckert and Mauchly’s ENIAC patent. (via Hacker News)

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  • Probabilistic Feature-based On-line Rapid Model Acquisition is an interesting application. I want to see it out of the Cambridge University Engineering department and available as a free web-communication tool on GTalk :)

  • Dennis Parrott

    Wow. Text Editor and COrrector. I thought time had completely passed me by. Used to use that on RSX-11M+ in the old, old days doing plots and data massaging at the Large Lakes Research Station.

    Hmmm. FORTRAN, RSX-11… A man’s language on a real man’s machine! Life was good then.