vendredi 8 juin 2007

Beautiful Evidence

When I discovered the NodeBox project, that thought (in fact - a book title ) immediatly catched my mind.

Tufte is right when he says that “The commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly - to develop strategies of seeing and showing.”, analysis needs relevent and beautiful representations. Here these representations may be animated, and that’s another big point, the first purpose of our mind associated with our eye is to analyse moving representations and finding out visual inconsistencies.

The gallery provided for that tool is just amazing, mixing different research domains, using the web as an information pool and providing “near artistic” representation.

Do I need to say this project is made in Python ;) ? Well, most of the time, projects using many other libraries gluing them in order to provide unexpected results tend to be in Python. The bad news about this one is it seems to be exclusively MacOSX compatible, but lets hope the 2.0 release using Jython will hit the ground soon, this one could work, at least, on Windows.

mardi 5 juin 2007

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”

Leonardo Da Vinci was damn right about it, and Acceleo 2.0 is just another step in the right direction.
As planned we released this new stable version today. Have a look on the new and noteworthy to get an idea of the exciting features.

Ready-to-use bundles are available on the download page providing Eclipse, Acceleo, its dependencies, the whole set of generator modules and usefull other plugins like Subversive or Topcased.

This release mark the opening of the project to a broader community: people gathered to provide open source generator modules for JEE, CSharp, Php or Python. This set is made of stable and feature-full generators but also of experimental ones.
I do not forget about generators not yet ready to be released, mentionning Wisss or Enterprise Application no doubts they will soon bring new exciting technologies !

The Acceleo website had a huge makeover for the 2.0.0 release, more especially in the documentation and development sections. Speaking about documentation another great news is that fact that the “Obeo advanced documentation” is now free for a commercial use too !

Don’t miss the new “Take Part in Acceleo” page opening to various contributions users, architects or developers are able to do.

Still, to get to ultimate sophistication, we need your feedback ! Do not hesitate to interact with the team !