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Getting Started with Processing

Getting Started with Processing [Kindle Edition]

Casey Reas , Ben Fry
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Learn computer programming the easy way with Processing, a simple language that lets you use code to create drawings, animation, and interactive graphics. Programming courses usually start with theory, but this book lets you jump right into creative and fun projects. It's ideal for anyone who wants to learn basic programming, and serves as a simple introduction to graphics for people with some programming skills.

Written by the founders of Processing, this book takes you through the learning process one step at a time to help you grasp core programming concepts. You'll learn how to sketch with code -- creating a program with one a line of code, observing the result, and then adding to it. Join the thousands of hobbyists, students, and professionals who have discovered this free and educational community platform.

  • Quickly learn programming basics, from variables to objects
  • Understand the fundamentals of computer graphics
  • Get acquainted with the Processing software development environment
  • Create interactive graphics with easy-to-follow projects
  • Use the Arduino open source prototyping platform to control your Processing graphics

About the Author

Casey Reas is a professor in the Department of Design Media Arts at UCLA and a graduate of the MIT Media Laboratory. Reas' software has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia. With Ben Fry, he co-founded Processing in 2001. He is the co-author of Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists (2007) and Form+Code in Design, Art, and Architecture (2010). His work is archived at

Ben Fry has a doctorate from the MIT Media Laboratory and was the 2006-2007 Nierenberg Chair of Design for the Carnegie Mellon School of Design. He worked with Casey Reas to develop Processing, which won a Golden Nica from the Prix Ars Electronica in 2005. Ben's work has received a New Media Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, and been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Ars Electronica, the 2002 Whitney Biennial, and the 2003 Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2507 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 144937980X
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (14 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #511,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This little book goes through a really good range of core programming skills using the programming langugage Processing (which the author has been closely involved with for many years now). Most examples are visual and fun so it stands out from the vast majority of programming books. Processing is a fantatstic language (a derivative of Java) for anyone who wants to learn core coding skills rapidly or anyone who is interested in coding for visual/sonic outcomes. Within moments of reading this book and using Processing you can get exciting results. The examples in this book now come with the latest version of the Processing IDE (development environment) so you can check them out as you read. The book could also be carried around and used as a reference. A friendly and fun introduction to programming. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction 30 Jun 2013
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.. very well written and presented in small bite chunks which makes learning something totally new for someone with little time great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice and fun book 4 Feb 2014
By Ying,XU
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it's a shame that i only start to read this book today! this is a really fun book and everything is explained in an interesting and easy to learn manner, can't wait to read the rest pages of the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 26 Jan 2014
By Bill
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I bought this book as I was struggling to get to grips with Processing using online help and tutorials. I have a lot of C experience and this book was just about perfect for covering all the necessary stuff to move from C. If you didn't know C that wouldn't be a problem but I would imagine some of the syntax and concepts might take longer to grasp. For me the section on interfacing Processing to Arduino via serial was particularly useful (although a bit brief).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to pick up 22 Sep 2012
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I wanted to get into processing via a book, and got this since it was by the guys that did processing. First, I am not a full time programmer, but I do dabble in multiple languages for fun. Processing is Java basically, and the book guides you in very smoothly, and I picked up a few cool tricks for real time applications along the way. Buy the book and do the examples, it's great!
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