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Three Dimensions Good on Lanyrd

Presented by Kyran Dale.  

@ The Skiff 6 Gloucester Street, Brighton, BN1 4EW Map of The Skiff
'3D Star Map' by tarotastic

A Little Introduction to WebGL Programming with Three.js

It's more than just one better than 2D, much more. Inconceivable even a few years ago, 3D graphics are coming to a browser near you (Internet Explorer, go and stand in the corner) in the shape of WebGL, a JavaScript API to implement interactive 3D graphics, straight in the browser, based on OpenGL ES 2.0. For a demonstration, rev up the latest Webkitter (Chrome, Safari etc..) or Firefox and check out this abundance of steroid-enhanced web-visuals.

OpenGL has a reputation for being a little awkward to use, with more of that matrix-maths stuff than most people are comfortable with. Happily, there are a number of rather good WebGL-based JavaScript 3D libraries that aim to take the sting out of creating 3D web graphics. This talk will focus on Three.js, the most popular open-source library out there, created by WebGL pioneer and guru Mr Doob, with a little help from his friends. We will walk through a simple, but hopefully engaging, little Three.js creation with an aim to providing the rudiments needed to start your playing in the WebGL pool. As much gratuitous eye-candy as time allows...

Although there's a heavy emphasis on the gaming potential of WebGL, its scope is far wider. Data visualisation - from bioinformatics to tweet streams - can be enriched by the addition of a third dimension. Engaging with information in a 3D context is a large part of what we're evolved to do, and the Web can now start to exploit that.

Kyran Dale is an ex research scientist/bumble-bee trainer who enjoys (most of the time) enticing computers to do cool things. He's currently more than a little excited by the potential of JavaScript, which has gone from being a 'toy-language' to a serious and powerful programming proposition in the blink of an eye and is sitting out there on pretty much every computer, just begging to be exerted.

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Async meets twice a month in Brighton & Hove, UK, to learn, discuss and play with JavaScript and related technologies.

We host talks, hack nights, show n' tells and community events, all of which are free.

Doors open 7.15pm, main session begins 7.45pm, we end around 9.30pm and continue nearby for an evening social.