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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to generative arts and programming as whole, 6 April 2012
This review is from: Generative Art (Paperback)
Written in a light and humourous style this book provides an excellent introduction to creating generative art via Processing and Object Oriented Programming. It would make a great first book for anyone wanting to learn programming from the ground up, the genertive arts focus, and the open, easy to learn nature provides the perfect framework for learning. It is in someways an up to date version of the BBC Micro, Turtle robot with a pen and the Logo programming language back I remember using at primary school back in the early 80s!

The programming side is good for artists wanting to learn programming graphics, however the arts side isn't developed enough for programmers wanting to learn about arts, however it isn't intended for that, so thats not really a critism.

I started out using my iPad 2 and the only currently availible Processing app. I managed to get as far as Chapter 5 when 3d graphics where introduced (it seems Apple havn't opened up WebGL on the iPad yet, except for advert, no surprise really, bunch of joyless, humourless, grasping meanies that they are).
I then jumped onto the PC to finish the rest off.

What I was left with after finishing was a smile and some nice code and templates for my own explorations.

Overall it's entertaining and is great for teaching anyone the fundamentals of programming (on anything, what you learn is easily transferable to say JavaScript) and fun book.
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