Friday, December 22, 2006

What is wrong with computer scientists?

Today I spent pretty much all my time trying to get fricking Java to convert a 1D buffer of 8 bit colors (i.e. RGBRGBRGBRGBRGBRGBRGB...) into a viewable image. But no, Java has to abstract everything to death into Raster, DataBuffer, BufferedImage, ColorSpace, ColorModel, ComponentColorModel ... ad nauseum. There's been more or less no progress since I started. I still have a buffer in a perfectly valid format and it still isn't rendered.

Why can't it be as simple as this?

BufferedImage image = new BufferedImage(TYPE_BYTE, FORMAT_RGB, width, height, data);

Surely for a tool to be useful simple things should be simple and complex things should be possible. *sigh*
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