I first read about Processing in an old Wired issue (wow, finally found it, do you know how hard it is to search on “processing” on the Web? Uggh). When I first found Processing I wasn’t even thinking about DSLs (this was 3 years ago), but I know that one of my first thoughts was “Why not just use Java directly?”, but now I definitely see the light. I’ve been following the amazing work that others have been doing with Processing who have very little Java programming experience, but they know 2d and 3d graphics.
The cool thing is, is that while Processing is a DSL it is built on top of Java and can leverage any of the packages that Java has (much like Groovy can) which leads to some very interesting hardware projects. And of course, I’m also interested in Processing because I love 2d and 3d graphics and finding interesting ways to interact with them.
In short, I guess, I just wanted to point out that DSLs are everywhere, even if we didn’t see them at first, they aren’t a new idea, they’ve just been given power by naming them (much in the way that Ajax was).
Anyone have some other interesting DSLs that they’ve found?