Experience always wins the day
Recent discoveries in the codegolf group allowed me to revisit the good old Mandelbrot tracer and squeeze it in 101 bytes
Check this 101 mandelbrot tracer for yourself. Like the smallest versions before, this one works best in a Webkit or Blink based browser. Making it work in Firefox and Edge takes 3 more bytes.
<svg onload='for(n=99;n-=1/64;write(n%3?k:" "))for(r=i=0,k=20;--k/r;i=t)t=2*r*i+1-n/49,r=r*r-i*i+1-n%3'>
Then came Xen who saved another 2 bytes by offseting the initial values of the complex number:
<svg onload='for(n=99;n-=r=i=1/64;write(n%3?k:" "))for(k=20;--k/r;i=t)t=2*r*i+1-n/49,r=r*r-i*i+1-n%3'>
Back in 2008, I got this hitch that a Mandelbrot tracer was possible in 128b. There had been countless Mandelbrot and Julia fractals in 256b but the 128b mark seemed within reach. My first attempts clocked at 137b and 133b. Jacob 'cupboy' Seidelin then kicked the ball down to 122bytes, at which point this whole thing turned into a friendly competition that lead us to more dirty tricks and down to 112bytes.
You can see most of the iterations:
- 122b by 'cupboy'
- 114b by 'cupboy'
- 113b by 'cupboy', with a trimmed BODY element
- 111b with a trimmed BODY element
Trimming the BODY element is really rough on the various browser engines. To this day, only Firefox accepts this. The 112b version on the other hand works in Opera and Firefox. The 115b version also works in Webkit browsers.
Other recent projects
There are many experiments and projects like MANDELBROT TRACER to discover other here.
- MUSIC FOR TINY AIRPORTS AT WEB AUDIO CONFERENCE The Web Audio Conference 2018, held in September 19-21 in Berlin was a great mix of researchers, web developers, artists and performers presenting their projects. I had the chance to provide a deep dive into music for tiny airports, explaining how to generate hours and hours of music in a handful of bytes.
- MUSIC FOR TINY AIRPORTS 2/1 🛫 Celebrating the 40 years anniversary of Brian Eno's "Ambient 1: Music for Airports" with an homage written in 256 bytes with the Web Audio API.
- THEY COME AT DUSK 👺 A survival horror game for JS1k 2018, where you run away from dead miners as you hear your heart beat. Turn around using the arrow keys until all you hear is beeeeeeeep.
- MICRO NOVA Quite possibly the smallest WebGL demo effect. Micro Nova clocks under 512bytes and shows supernova-like blasting colors.
- PNEBULA Almost the first 256b intro using Canvas ever :p
- DEFENDER OF THE FAVICON The brilliant arcade game Defender now playable inside the favicon of your browser! The idea was to push the concept of generated favicons far and beyond and pack a thrilling retro shooter in 16×16 pixels.
- SIERPINSKI GASKET A cute Sierpinski gaskets in 96 bytes of DHTML.
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