Re: [-empyre-] Re: empyre Digest, Vol 12, Issue 26
ian hobbs wrote:
Yes processing is a fun little application - although I suspect for
It's not going to make the grade. I use flash and actionscript for
because of it's verbose and natural ( like english) syntax.
Processing is one of many cute little graphic apps that produce narrow
I can't say I understand or agree with either of the two statements above.
Firstly, Processing is perfect for introductory programming. Secondly,
Processing is not a "graphic app", nor does it produce a narrow visual
I've been using Processing as a tool to teach computational design and
generative form to students with a primarily visual background. Because of
its simplified Java syntax it allows beginners to get coding within
minutes, without having to learn about compilers, IDEs or a complicated
environment like Flash. Students can then gradually advance to more
abstract concepts like advanced data structures and object oriented
programming. There are now a number of people developing extensions to the
Processing libraries by providing "plug-in" classes with new functionality.
One of the central concepts behind Processing is to make students "unlearn"
the hardwired software metaphors of environments like Flash, Director or
Photoshop. Instead, one starts from scratch. This has the virtue of
allowing many possible expressions, although it might be limiting for
professional use because there is none of the infrastructure that
professional software has for working with digital media files.
At the moment, I would recommend using Processing for learning, teaching
and developing prototypes. This is what the tool has been developed to do.
However, there are already a number of people using Processing to create
software pieces for online viewing, VJ performances, sound synthesis etc.
For examples of two workshops I've taught with Processing, look at:
The motherlode of information about Processing is of course at
Marius Watz - Amoeba / Unlekker
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