Estax v1.0 Jan 25 2009
Estax (Easy Static XML) is a minimalist tool for generating static websites. It is especially useful if you want to write a static website containing only a few pages, but don't want to copy and paste menu HTML, and also don't want to use PHP or a full-blown CMS. You write your site content in a single, simple XML file and Estax generates the individual pages from it. Use it for seldomly updated and/or private sites, documentation, or when you have a restrictive web host.

Use Estax if you just want to keep it simple.

Advantages Disadvantages How does it look like?
You actually see how the output of Estax can look like right now, as this website was generated using Estax. A simple example for your site content could look like this:
	title="My Homepage"
	author="Andreas Textor">

		<!-- Each link leads to a page that contains all boxes that
			contain the tag -->
		<link tag="home"/>
		<link tag="code"/>

	<box date="2009-01-24" title="Welcome to my Homepage">
		<!-- This tag makes this box appear on the "home"-page -->
		<tag tag="home"/>
		<!-- Use a special tag to create a separate site containing
			only this box -->
		<tag tag="welcome-to-my-homepage"/>
			Hello World! I added a new program on
			the <link tag="downloads"/> section!
			<!-- Write your regular HTML here -->

	<box date="2009-01-23" title="Hello World">
		<tag tag="code"/>
			This is how Hello World is written in C:<br/>
			<listing language="c">
			int main() {
				println("Hello World\n");
				return 0;
Using this XML, Estax creates three pages: home.xhtml, welcome-to-my-homepage.xhtml (each containing the menu and the first box) and code.xhtml which contains the menu and the second box with the listing. You would extend this page by adding more boxes tagged as "home" or "code". With one more box tagged as "code", code.xhtml would then contain the menu and the two boxes. Therefore, the tags are no(t only) fancy Web-2.0-stuff but are actually used to create the structure of the website. If one page contains more than one box, the date attribute determines the order of the boxes.


See Estax-documentation for details.

Naturel v1.0.0 Nov 14 2008
Naturel (not to confuse with NATURAL) is a programming language that was developed by Ralph Erdt and Andreas Textor for the Compiler Construction class at the University of Applied Sciences Wiesbaden in winter semester 07/08. Naturel stands for "Naturel is the Andreas Textor Und Ralph Erdt Language" ("und" is the german word for "and").
We wrote a minimal standard library for Naturel and a compiler in Java that produces C code. The language is object-oriented and its syntax is inspired by C, Java, Pascal and UML. Many keywords that are not necessary for the semantics like class were left out and other keywords were replaced by symbols, like + instead of public. Comments are written like in Java and C++ using // and /* ... */. Methods and attributes can have the visibilities public, private and protected that are expressed using the UML-Modifiers +, - and #. A class variable uses a double modifier character instead of the keyword static. Overwriting of methods is allowed in Naturel, overloading is not allowed.
+a:num;	// public
-b:num;	// private
#c:num;	// protected
++d:num; // public static
--e:num; // private static
##f:num; // protected static
Naturel's grammar was transformed into a parser using the parser generator SableCC. The complete documentation, sample programs and source code of the compiler are contained in the downloadable package. The following block shows a short sample program that can be compiled using the compiler. num and str are the built-in data types for integers and strings, the static new method is the constructor of the class.
+Point {

	+getX():num { return(x); }
	+getY():num { return(y); }
	++new(px:num, py:num) { x := px; y := py; }

	+addPoint(p:Point) {
		x := x + p.getX();
		y := y + p.getY();

	+tostr():str {
		return("[" + x.tostr() + "," + y.tostr() + "]");

	++main(args:str[]):num {
		p1:Point :=, 2);
		p2:Point :=, 4);
		out("Point 1: " + p1.tostr() + "\n");
		out("Point 2: " + p2.tostr() + "\n");
		out("Point 1: " + p1.tostr() + "\n");
Note: Since the whole language including idea, grammar and compiler were created during a single semester, not all features are implemented in the compiler, especially a Garbage Collector is missing. Thus, Naturel should not be used in productive environments.

genplant v0.3 Apr 10 2007
genplant is a simple L-System plant generator and renderer. Information about L-Systems can be found in The algorithmic beauty of plants.
Changes in version 0.2: Interactive modification of angle and line length, more options, no more dependencies except SDL
Changes in version 0.3: Changeable axiom, VRML export, misc. things. See VRML-Demonstration (needs a VRML viewer or browser plugin. Note that FreeWRL didn't work for me for this VRML-file, but Cortona works (available only for Windows, sorry (VRML sucks anyway))).

Screenshot 1: L-System F->FF-[-F+F+F]+[+F-F-F]
Screenshot 2: L-System F->F[+F]F[-F][F]
Screenshot 3: L-System same as 1, but with randomization of the angles

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