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Paul FordPROCESSING PROCESSING1

I've long been a fan of Paul Ford's website, Ftrain.com. So when Apress asked me to put together this book, I knew it had to include something of his.

Something about this article precisely captures the essence of what I consider to be "elegance" in software writing. The clarity and poetry in writing; the clean sparse lines of thought; the erudition; and the blockbuster, showstopper, mind-numbingly beautiful closing paragraph ... I think I'm going to faint; get me a chair.

Either that or it's really campy, but that's good too.Ed.

Late-night thoughts on little computer languages, the Web as a form, and my own ignorance.

I've been fiddling with Processing,2 a small computer language layered above Java. Processing ...

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