- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 11, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596514557
- ISBN-13: 978-0596514556
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Ben Fry received his doctorate from the Aesthetics + Computation Group at 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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I should repeat that this is not merely a Processing tutorial. If it were, it would fall short on a number of counts, including using a number of commands without adequately explaining them, and omitting discussion of things that a Processing programmer is likely to need to know. This is still a good introduction to the language, though (it was my introduction) and offers enough insight into what the language and environment can do without getting too bogged down in the mechanics or design philosophy.
displays of data, then I can think of no better book for you than this one. It discusses
the why as well as the how, and provides code examples and some images of the results.
What I liked about this book, beside the concrete examples, are the discussions about
how to think about each step of the process from selecting the data through to the final
step of refining the display. There are issues that are not obvious to the graphical
display newbie, and they are brought up, and a good approach given.
On the other hand, if you are a programmer who is already writing sophisticated
graphical displays, and looking for a language neutral book on general design, then
this will probably not be a satisfying purchase.
I bought the book after reading the first chapter at Adobe MAX 2008 and then just ordered it from Amazon. To my surprise (both good and a little disappointing) the book was truly about the processing programming language.
Overall the book is very well written and I got to dabble a little in the coding to create some of the visuals. Once I figure out the things on my plate (work and personal) I will probably come back and try to see if processing is right for me and my projects.
In particular the use of java for a whole lot of tasks including text parsing and data mining leads to very tedious and verbose code where a few lines of perl or awk would have done the job.
Overall this is a good book if you are somewhat new to programming. Else this will make for too short a read.
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