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A really Cool data visualization: 3d globe in 2d space

3d-globe-animation

While generating data in 3d space for manifold learning, I went across a problem of distributing points evenly on a sphere. It is a non-trivial problem but found a good enough solution for such placement. Interestingly, it ends up with a really cool animation effect when I decided to implement it on a mobile app. Figure 1: First animation effect: Rotation The algorithm There are two qualitatively...

Fun coding challenge: print the American flag

printer

Printing is an important part when programming. Printing the US flag to the system console was a small part of “the shape game” for kids, in which the players will select the correct name for a given shape. The flag of the united states Basic Requirements: You are required to print the American flag to the console using just “*” and “=”. The number of stars...

Smooth nature snake – game redev with Kotlin (part 3)

In part 2, I introduced how to make the serpentine movement. We continue this article by covering the turning mechanism for the snake. Challenges in turning animation Fig 2: Classic snake game design with blocks and grids As we want our snake looks as smooth as possible, the two challenges are: Firstly, the head should slowly change to the target direction rather than a sudden turn. As the head...

Smooth nature snake game – re-dev with Kotlin (part 1)

When my students proposed a snake game for their projects, I thought it is kind of boring. They are all the same old ideas. Nevertheless, how you want it to be do matter as the game mechanics and animations can be much varied. snake game Why I redev the snake game? Did I try to reinvent the wheel – Not quite! What I include in this post addresses several challenges to simulate a fully...

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