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August 3, 2007


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Whilst DeviantART does contain many users who are programmers, there is no official code gallery. Submitting code as art has thus been stunted, and this group has been setup to encourage users to think more about code as art, to submit programming art pieces, and to help DeviantART officially recognise code as art.

CodeIsArt recognises that code can be art, although doesn't have to be all the time, just as much as asking for a cup of sugar, isn't poetry.

This is a serious effort to help programmers share their knowledge that programming can be an art form, one that requires meticulous attention to detail and creative flair. There is a massive programmer community here, who keep a hidden talent locked away because deviantART does not provide an appropriate arena for them to air their art, and get suitable recognition & critique.

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  • :coffeecup: Create art! If you're a programmer, and have never considered submitting any programming related art, this group is here to support recognition of the art form. Send us your works, or any recommendations to feature / favourite.
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arthaus Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
Definitely an idea to be implemented.
kargath64 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
FractalEyes Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't write code anymore but when I did, I often considered it beautiful. In poetry, finding the exact word to convey the emotion/meaning is essential and in code, finding the exact command to perform the task is the same.
Pyritie Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wot a gud idear.
photofroggy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
Lol, cool.

Hmm.... code is kind of an art, as it does take some level of creativity to solve certain problems that might block the path to your final goal and such. But if code is completely disregarded by people on deviantART... then I would like to point out to them, or ask them this; how does deviantART work? Is it just through art or code?

Personally, I think it's both, so code is part of this community, as much as art is, it just doesn't tend to get as much recognition...
Solitude12 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
People! [link] is DEFINITELY ART It is written action script, which is a CODING LANGUAGE!
cldx Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
....whcih exactly proves my point, the artistic experience you get from this Flash Movie is not the code but the returned value of the code, but now imagine the Artist would print out his Action Script Lines, would you hang em up on your wall? Besides that theres already a Category which is called Animation -> Flash which includes Action Script of course. Were not discussing Action Script but more non-application bound languages like html, php, css and so on which brings me to the conclusion that were actually discussing a better implementation of those languages into DA, which leads right to the next questions: What will be available for those deviations? Sourcecode? Final Frontend Design? (which has a category as well btw), should we allow users to demonstrate Javascript Functions as a deviation and therefore lower the security of the site? Should we employ more people only to take care of security issues that would appear having an open outlet for ALL kinds of source (cause we cant say YES to php and say NO to f. example PERL)? I guess the most important categories that have anything to do with coding are already covered (Flash, Interfaces, Skins, Frontends a.s.o.) and the rare expectations from the rule that we/i would consider art will find their way into being recognized without having to open a new Category.
Solitude12 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Professional General Artist

If the code is written beautifully, I would hang it on my wall!
CodeIsArt Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
Yes you are [mostly] correct. We are a group for the source code itself. But you are incorrect that we would ever need to "run" the source code (javascript). Just screenshots / formatted PRE, so there is precisely 0 security threat. DeviantART already caters for interactive Flash media and front-end web interfaces. We therefore cater to just the "poetry" of source code. :)
JyriH Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
I'd say code is not art. At least not for general audience. Art should be understood by its viewer, and code in itself has very limited audience that can appreciate it.

The end result from code can be art. Like the pieces that people create to compete at assembly 2007 [link]

One can make literary art with using code as language, but is that code.

/* IsItArt.cpp

#include <life>

#define is ==
#define isnt !=
#define say cout

#ifndef reality // in life
#define reality true

void main (void)
   bool art = true;


     // from <life>
     bool code = IsArt("code");
     if(code is art)
       say << "life's good";
     else if(code isnt art)
       throw ("this suck's");
   catch(char * all)
     say << all;

... yeah, right
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