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Biddellsmith

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I have no background in graphics programming, although I have good math knowledge and otherwise decent basic programming skills. I'm looking for graphics software or a good programming language that will assist me in computing and demonstrating biological aspects of fractal geometry. Also, any suggestions on good literature related to this subject would be greatly appreciated.

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Processing, a FOSS framework for graphics programming, comes to mind : http://processing.org/

It is a java library, but a javascript sister project is now disponible. Well documented, many examples and entire books are available.

Besides, there is always the mastodont of the field : Matlab. (And it FOSS lookalike : Octave). R has also many graphical possibilities.

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If you only need to work in the windows environment, F#.NET is supposed to be a nice functional language for mathematical processing (the kind of stuff I know nothing about). I believe you can tap into their Windows Presentation Framework from F# which would give all the graphical capabilities you could need. You could also check out FLEX/AIR/Actionscript, and the degrafa library for powerful graphic drawing functionality. There is also javascript as an alternative. I just did a quick search and found these examples for each:

F#
http://scripts.mit.e...n-fractal-code/

Javascript
http://www.nihilogic...anvas_fractals/

Actionscript
http://actionscripte...log/?page_id=75

Here is one for Processing too
http://anthonymattox...with-processing

So in other words, take your pick.

Hope that helps,

David

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national geographic use the very latest software for it.




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