draw-something Rebooted


A new old version of draw-something is now online.

You can see it (and follow it on tumblr!) here: http://draw-something-rebooted.tumblr.com/

draw-something started as a Prolog program called “Got To Start Somewhere”, which described both its algorithm and how I was feeling about art at the time. I quickly switched to Common Lisp, but once one of the earliest versions was working I created an ActionScript port to run online. This was made using a Free Software ActionScript compiler rather than Flash.

I wanted to show draw-something running for a talk Jim Andrews invited me to give, and I wanted an excercise in JavaScript, so I ported the ActionScript to node.js and to HTML5 canvas. Doing this and preparing for the talk inspired me to resurrect paintr as well.

It’s such an old version of draw-something that it has a couple of bugs that were later fixed. I fixed the most egregious one but there’s another that will crop up soon, finding it is left as an exercise for the audience. I also re-enabled the skeleton drawing code (the skeleton is the guide figure that draw-something draws around), using non-repro blue instead of the original bright red.

So welcome back draw-something online!

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