Algorithm Projects with C#

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This project is part of the liveProject series Six Small Algorithm Projects with C#
Windows Forms • classes • constructors • extension methods • basic trigonometry and complex numbers
skills learned
recursion • pixel manipulation • line-drawing fractals • escape-time fractal
Rod Stephens
1 week · 8-10 hours per week · INTERMEDIATE

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Take a trip into the fascinating world of fractals! Here, you’re an art director for a documentary on the 1960s psychedelic movement. Your goal is to wow your audience with a mind-bending title image—a perfect application for fractals. You’ll build programs that create fractals by drawing lines recursively, create ghostly multi-dimensional shapes, and draw escape-time fractals using the Mandelbrot set (the most popular fractal in the world).

This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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This liveProject is for intermediate C# programmers who are familiar with Windows Forms. To begin these liveProjects you will need to be familiar with the following:

  • Visual Studio 2022
  • Windows operating system
  • Create a class
  • Define constructors
  • Create a Windows Forms interface
  • Use menu and `PictureBox` controls
  • Create and use extension methods
  • Understand the basics of trigonometry
  • Understand the basics of complex numbers
  • Use `Graphics` objects to draw
  • Use the `Bitmap32` class to manipulate image pixels

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll practice recursive algorithms and learn how to preserve the aspect ratio of an image while resizing it as you explore three different kinds of fractals.

  • Draw on a `Bitmap` object
  • Use mouse events to let the user select part of an image
  • Recursion


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