Monday, April 8, 2013

Slingshot! is now OPEN SOURCE

With April Fools day a thing of the is an announcement that is more legit :)

Open Sourcing some of my tools is something that has been on my mind for awhile now.  While it is not quite clear what the primary advantage of doing this will be (they are already free, after all), I see it as a way to continue to promote a culture of sharing computational processes. I also see open sourcing tools as a way for them live on beyond a standard update-release model and give the workflows and concepts the opportunity to become a part of other tools and processes.  Slingshot! hasn't seen a significant update in awhile and I hope that this will give it the juice it needs to go to the next level.

Slingshot! for Grasshopper is now available as an Open Source project on GitHub.  Slingshot! is a Visual Studio 2012 project written with VB.NET.  The Slingshot! code is now licensed under the GNU General Public License which guarantees...
  • the freedom to use the software for any purpose, 
  • the freedom to change the software to suit your needs, 
  • the freedom to share the software with your friends and neighbors, 
  • and the freedom to share the changes you make.
The code is going through some general updates at the moment such as code clean-up and other maintenance.  The current compiled version of Slingshot! available on Food4Rhino is still the recommended version to use.  New 'official' builds will be available through The Proving Ground in the near future