Re: [-empyre-] new media and "Processing"
Jim & list,
I've been on the testers' list for Processing for a while, but have just
toyed with it so far -- I haven't attempted any real project using it. I
was impressed by looking at it briefly, though. The system seems to be
inspired by the visual design orientation/basis of John Maeda's DBN
(Design By Numbers) but to be created for use in real projects, rather
than mainly for designers to learn about programming. Processing compiles
to Java, but seems significantly easier to pick up.
One of my hopes is that it will allow me to collaborate with artists who
have greater visual skills are more focused on the visual -- facilitating
a collaboration that draws together different skills, in which everyone
can understand and work with the code.
My new book, Twisty Little Passages: http://nickm.com/twisty
On Thu, 29 Jan 2004, Jim Andrews wrote:
> Concerning programming and art, I saw a post to the [public transObs] list
> (France) concerning Processing ( http://processing.org/ ):
> "Processing is a programming language and environment built for the
> electronic arts and visual design communities. It was created to teach
> fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as
> an electronic sketchbook.
> The software is currently in a prerelease stage, but bug fixes are being
> made as we head toward a more complete "1.0" release. Processing will be
> free to download and available for Mac, PC, and Linux.
> In addition to the many individuals using Processing, it is currently used
> at many universities and institutions including: MIT (Cambridge),
> Interaction Ivrea (Turin), Yale (New Haven), Columbia (New York), New York
> University, San Francisco Art Institute, University of California Los
> Angeles, Universität der Künste (Berlin), Royal College of Art (London),
> Universidad de Los Andes (Bogota), HyperWerk (Basel), Hongik (Seoul), Ateneo
> de Manila University, and more.
> Processing is an open project initiated by Ben Fry and Casey Reas. It is
> currently developed at the MIT Media Lab, UCLA, Interaction Ivrea, and by a
> group of distributed developers across the Net."
> empyre forum
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