Friday, October 31, 2014
John Thompson invented lingo programming
John Thompson invented lingo programming used in Macromedia Director and Shockwave. 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. He invented lingo programming used in Macromedia Director and Shockwave. According to 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." 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.