3D graphics programmers using Python?

Brandon Van Every vanevery at 3DProgrammer.com
Sun Feb 2 22:27:59 CET 2003

Arthur wrote:
> PyGeo was developed for the visualization of geometric concepts of
> projective geometry, and then the geometry of complex numbers.  Its
> architecture was evolutionary - as it was built to serve a
> educational need (first off, my own), and there was no way, I don't
> believe, to architecture it all up front.  Refractoring on top of
> refractoring was the process. I am not sure there is any way to
> convince you that the process could not have been as pleasureable or
> (I think) successful if I was working purely in C++ or Java.

I think you knew, going into your project, that your treatment of geometry
was inherently explorational.  Python is a sensible language choice for
that.  It's rather analogous to what I'll do with game AI someday.  I don't
know how I'll solve it, there will be many methods tried.  I will first
create a pathfinding and analysis library in C++ for efficiency, then I will
probably use Python to glue different approaches together.

It doesn't sound like balls-to-the-wall performance was a requirement of
your project.  Nor did you know that you could rely on a few 3D constructs
to do everything.  Really, once my spherical icosahedron is actually a
planet, my job is done.  I move on to some other aspect of my game.  I do
not need flexibility of geometrical definition, I know it has to be a
spherical icosahedron.

> Couple of years into playing with this project, and at some point -
> maybe a year or two from now - I will make the decision as to whether
> I am prototyping or developing.

I am developing.  Barring fundamental design mistakes, all code that I write
is "keeper" code.  I've improved some of my interfaces by refactoring...
nothing about C++ made that particularly hard.

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Brandon Van Every               Seattle, WA

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