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I'm a former electronics engineer, I moved into software in the early 1980s and have only recently learned of this field where artists are writing code.
I'd like to ask why a variant of Java (a compiled language) has become the workhorse for artistic creators? Over the past 50 years or so a host of fascinating languages have been devised and some of these strike me as far richer and better suited to artistic endeavors than Java (Processing).
I'd expect an interpreted language to be far more suitable, giving instant feedback and interactivity.
What do others think?