The rise of programming for artists?
I've been using the Wiring language for doing my Arduino programming and this week I played a little with it's big brother, Processing. I think Processing is a nice tool for beginners and has a great set of libraries, but not my cup of tea for programming. I think what it offers is one tools set (including IDE, libraries and language) so you don't have to waste time figuring out which libraries or IDE you'll need to download as well.
I've also just come across Context Free which is a language for making pretty pictures like the one above.