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Processing: Creative Coding and Generative Art in Processing 2 2nd ed. 2013 Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1430244646
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About the Author

Ira Greenberg directs the Center of Creative Computation and is Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Meadows School of the Arts and Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX. He is the author of Processing: Creative Coding and Computational Art and The Essential Guide to Processing for Flash Developers, both from friends of ED/Apress. Ira received his BFA from Cornell University and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2nd ed. 2013 edition (March 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143024464X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430244646
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a complete rewrite of Greenberg's earlier tome, Processing. The first edition was huge, dense, and often lost its focus, although it remains high on my bookshelf today. The second edition is so much better: better written, better coded, and much more fun to work through. Processing was developed to bridge the gap between computer science and the graphic arts; here, finally, is a book that does just that.
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For me, the level is perfect, and I really appreciate the content...5 stars for that.
Specifically, I appreciate the careful description of the underlying trigonometry.
In addition, I thought there was a pretty good description of the code for each example.

However, the proofreading for this book was terrible.
I kept the Apress errata page open for days and submitted numerous reports:
from major stuff, like whole sections of code missing...to typos, some serious, some just annoying.

In the end, I don't think it is my job to submit 5-6 errata per day....Apress needs a good proofreader to review it.
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My son decided he wanted to move up from Logo so we introduced him to processing. This book was purchased along with Getting Started with Processing and Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists.

At this point this book as become dogeared and I think the cover will fall of soon. We've only owned it for 3 months.. Thats how interesting it is! He continually goes back and finds inspiration and ideas in what he is working on.

When it eventually falls apart I'm sure he'll make me buy it again.. And I will.
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Yes, there is some useful information in this book, but it _really_ could have used a good proofreader. It's off-putting to find so many errors in the text, and there are also errors in the accompanying code examples. Additionally, the text sometimes jumps rapidly between beginner concepts and advanced concepts, making it a less-than-optimal first text for someone learning Processing.
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Ultimately I found forums and the processing.org website way more helpful than this book. Looking back, I could have honestly gone without it. But it might be useful to some people, especially since I was also taking a class at the same time.
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This book was very confusing. It is supposed to teach you how to code, yet it skips the basic things everyone should know about coding. Skip the book, use CodeAcademy. I learned more on 1 day of CodeAcademy than reading this book.
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The book I received was in black and white! It is not the same book as the one that's advertised! I find the book helpful but without the color illustrations, a lot of the information is missing. I will be returning it. It's really a pity.

Update: I decided to keep the book after all, but will supplement it with the Kindle edition, which is in color.
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