Drawing Fractal Trees – Part 3

The Application Itself Firstly, here’s what we’re aiming towards: Live demo: Click to view live. Download the code: Screenshot:   Writing The Application Now, when I originally wrote the bones of the app it was very simple; everything fit in the single Page.xaml.cs file; there’s actually very little to it. Since then I’ve expanded it…

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Drawing Fractal Trees – Part 2

L-Systems We’ve established that drawing the tree will use the concept of self-similarity. To put this in action, we’re going to use what’s called an L-System. Here’s a crash-course… Firstly, we establish that we have a "pen" that at any given time has a current position and a current heading/angle. It’s always touching the paper,…

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Drawing Fractal Trees – Part 1

Table Of Contents Part 1: Basic fractal theory (this page) Part 2: L-Systems – drawing trees. Part 3: Implementation in Silverlight, live demo, code download.   A Brief Explanation of Fractals In plain English, a fractal is a shape whose constituent parts are really just copies (scaled down) of the whole.  Here’s a simple example,…

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