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5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely thorough introduction to processing, 14 Dec 2010
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This review is from: Processing for Visual Artists: How to Create Expressive Images and Interactive Art (Paperback)
There are already a number of books available for someone wanting to create visual art with Processing:

'Processing A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists' (Reas & Fry) is the perfect reference book, full of extremely useful information and examples written by the creators of Processing themselves, but rather hard to follow if you're new to programming.

'Learning Processing: A Beginner's Guide to Programming Images, Animation, and Interaction' (Shiffman) is perhaps the best introduction to programming with Processing (and programming in general) as it very concise and full of exercises that will make you very comfortable, very quickly, with creating your own wonderful imagery.

With 'Processing for Visual Artists: How to Create Expressive Images and Interactive Art', Andrew Glassner offers something that is a bit more than an introduction, but not quite a reference book. In over 900 pages with full colour figures, the book guides beginners through everything they need to know to start programming, up to some pretty advanced functions and concepts. Glassner uses a friendly and informal style, anchored in real world examples that are easy to follow and take the form of an apprenticeship. Indeed, Glassner guides the reader through some interesting projects, explaining each decision taken along the way, as well as correcting the mistakes he made. This approach to learning really helps the reader understand how to get the best results out of Processing. Glassner also provides a link to download every Processing sketch discussed in the book.

Experienced programmers probably won't find this book very challenging (though seeing another programmer's process can make for a very interesting read) and would be better off getting Reas & Fry's book, and for complete novice to programming I would still recommend Shiffman's book but, with this book, Glassner provides a wealth of information that is easily accessible and thoroughly enjoyable, and is sure to help novice and intermediate users alike on their way to great visual art.
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