Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 2 edition (September 26, 2015)
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In general, programming seems to have become harder, not easier, over the years for beginners. Exceptions obviously exist, but the knowledge now required to program (key word "program," not "create" via a WYSIWYG) a website from the ground up and publish it to the web now greatly exceeds the general capacity of many people. The same applies to graphics. Those who remember the halcyon days of BASIC will also remember how relatively easy it seemed to make simple graphics and sounds that made programming feel immediately satisfying. Based on this instantaneous feedback, it inspired many people to learn more. That experience takes longer - and for good reason since technology has become more complicated in general - with today's more complicated languages such as C# or Java, not to mention C++. Those wanting to dive into programming may find themselves quickly drowning in principles, tools, concepts and a host of prerequisites before a pixel even appears on the screen. People looking for a road into programming, or those who simply want to create interactive graphics without completing a Computer Science degree, thankfully have some new options. The deceptively simple, but in many ways actually simple, open source program called "Processing" will fulfill this need for many who want to create graphics without ingesting a 500 page programming tome. Learning is still required, of course, but the path from beginner to interesting graphics is a shorter one.The founders of Processing have created an extremely easy tutorial in book form appropriately called "Getting Stated with Processing." Now in its second edition, they state their purpose and mission in the book's first sentence: "We created Processing to make programming interactive graphics easier.
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