قلب: First Arabic Coding-Language as Art

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Ramsey Nasser hat eine Programmiersprache namens قلب (‘Alb) in arabischer Kaligraphie programmiert, dazu musste er sämtliche Tools (Terminal, Texteditor) neu aufsetzen. Animal NY hat ein kleines Interview mit dem Mann, rumspielen kann man damit hier. Finde ich extrem spannend, auch wenn sich das alles erst im experimentellen Entwicklungsstadium befindet.

“قلب, as far as I know, is the first programming language that’s also a conceptual art piece,” says Ramsey Nasser, computer scientist and a fellow at New York’s Eyebeam Art+Technology Center. He can’t read the Russian hacker forums or the Chinese Twitter accounts buzzing about قلب (“alb”, “heart”), but he shows us how his terminal can understand Arabic calligraphy. It’s novel. It’s crucial. It’s incredibly exciting.

[…] programming seems to hate Arabic-speakers. Tools fall apart reading Arabic. Interfaces break. Terminals crash. Text readers don’t know what to do with it. “Practically speaking, it’s more sensible to just learn English in order to learn code. That shocked me,” says Nasser. “I believe that code and computation should be something anyone can access.”

And so, Nasser set out to create a non-Latin Lisp in Arabic calligraphy from scratch. The challenge was immense. Every tool had to be custom made. Relatives were recruited for linguistic assistance. And viola…

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