invented lingo programming used in Macromedia Director and Shockwave. According
John Thompson, "Lingo is a scripting language in the Macromedia Director
authoring tool. The content created with Macromedia Director is delivered
on the World Wide Web as shockwave movies."
John Thompson was the principal engineer
for Macromedia Director, the inventor and developer of Lingo and XObjects,
and a professor of new media at New York University - Tisch Interactive
Telecommunications Program. Thompson studied art at the New York Student
Art League and the Boston Museum School and earned a degree in Computer
Science and Visual Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
in the 1983.
From 1987 until 2001, Thompson was
the chief scientist at Macromedia where he developed a number of products,
including: The VideoWorks Accelerator, VideoWorks II, MediaMaker, Action,
and Macromedia Director. John Thompson currently lives in Philadelphia
with his wife and four children and is working on custom software for his
own realtime video artwork (see artwork above).
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