Entries with tag computer programming.

MIDI-Based Interface Enables Programming via Musical Instruments

Got an old electronic keyboard gathering dust? Why not use it for coding? A new interface lets digital-piano users create a musical score and working code simultaneously. Engineer Yuriy Guts with ELEKS, a software-development services organization, developed Midichlorian, a Visual Studio extension that lets users program computers using MIDI-compatible instruments. A piece of code can be written letter by letter on a piano keyboard using Midichlorian, which translates the MIDI messages into computer commands. Although Guts contends the project was for fun, one of his colleagues composed a song which is both a melody in the key of C# minor and a valid C# computer program. Midichlorian is open source and open to contributions at Git Hub. (SlashDot)(ELEKS blog)(Git Hub)(Midichlorian)

Entertainment-Industry Demand for Fake Computer Code Is Growing

With computer technology increasingly appearing in TV shows and movies, a niche industry is growing to serve the demand for custom-built realistic-appearing code. Traditionally, the code used on TV and in film has been repurposed from existing sources, which may include webpage CSS code or from a WordPress admin page. The public is more aware of the use of code in media, so the film industry is willing to pay for convincing code. The public has been recognizing repurposed code as not being what the TV show or movie said it was. Code supposedly for drones’ artificial intelligence capabilities in the film Stealth, for example, was actually nonsensical equations generated by LaTeX. At least one popular website shares examples of these depictions with a succinct explanation of the code origins. In addition, much of the code used in TV shows and movies must be custom-made because producers can’t acquire the rights to use it. Chicago-based Twisted Media produces code for several prime-time TV series including "Leverage" and "Torchwood" and the films Gravity and Divergent. Some observers contend these more realistic depictions are spurring interest in coding. (SlashDot)(SD Times)

Raspberry Pi Launches Application Store

The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the opening of the Pi Store, which features a wide range of free resources – including games – for its users. The “one-stop shop” will feature software as well as tools and tutorials for the computer. This includes a full complement of free information for the totally new Raspberry Pi user. The first tutorial is a series of 17 lessons that teaches novices how to create a Space Invaders-style game. “We hope that the Pi Store will provide young people with a way to share their creations with a wider audience, and maybe to make a little pocket money along the way; as well as offering commercial developers an easy way to get their software seen by the Raspberry Pi community,” stated the foundation. The site does offer paid content; however, there is a “tip jar” where even those developers offering free content can be compensated for their work. The low-cost PC was developed by The Raspberry Pi Foundation with the goal of interesting more children worldwide in computer programming by providing them with an affordable PC. (Ars Technica)(The Raspberry Pi Foundation)

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