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Matrix (and perlish) background effect in Javascript :)

Today I have something useless-but-cool to show.

My Matrix-perlish background! 😎 😎 😎

Perl Matrix

Check out my github page to see a live preview 😀

It's only a couple of lines of javascript derivated from the work that you can find here or here so I deserve absolutely zero credit but I simply modified it to make it appear more perlish! 👍

(or p@r]i$% if you prefer 😀)

Below the full code:

    <!-- background animations -->
    <div class="div_bg">
      <canvas id="c"></canvas>
      var c = document.getElementById("c");
      var ctx = c.getContext("2d");
      c.height = window.innerHeight;
      c.width = window.innerWidth;
      var txts = "~!@#$%^&*)(_-=+;:{}[]|\/<>,.";
      txts = txts.split("");
      var font_size = 12;
      var columns = c.width / font_size;
      var drops = [];
      for (var x = 0; x < columns; x++) drops[x] = 1;

      function draw() {
        ctx.fillStyle = "rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.05)";
        ctx.fillRect(0, 0, c.width, c.height);
        ctx.fillStyle = "#000";
        ctx.font = font_size + "px arial";
        for (var i = 0; i < drops.length; i++) {
          var text = txts[Math.floor(Math.random() * txts.length)];
          ctx.fillText(text, i * font_size, drops[i] * font_size);
          if (drops[i] * font_size > c.height || Math.random() > 0.98) drops[i] = 0;
      setInterval(draw, 20);
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Top comments (4)

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Gaurav Rai • Edited

Time to use this and become hacker in front of non-technical person.
Good to have background as black and text in green for more feeling.


thibaultduponchelle profile image


Your comment makes me think about hollywood

ranvirchoudhary profile image
RanvirChoudhary • Edited

Tip: You can use the character map app in windows to copy some extra-special characters and get a lot more variety than just standard keyboard characters

character map app is an app built-in to windows so you can types extra special charecters you normally woudn't be able to

also you can add a styles tag and say overflow: hidden; and press fn+f11 to get the full experience

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Mark Gardner

Well, that's one way to confirm to people that Perl is just line noise. 😉