Getting Started with Processing by Casey Reas & Ben Fry

  • Description


    We are now stocking Getting Started with Processing - A Quick, Hands-on Introduction By Casey Reas, Ben Fry. We get asked the following a lot from beginners "how do you learn how to program" and our answer is usually "try processing". It's open source, free to download, it has a massive community and the things you learn will help you with learning Arduino which is usually within the context we're asked.

    Learn computer programming the easy way with Processing, a simple language that lets you use code to create drawings, animation, and interactive graphics. Programming courses usually start with theory, but this book lets you jump right into creative and fun projects. It's ideal for anyone who wants to learn basic programming, and serves as a simple introduction to graphics for people with some programming skills.

    Written by the founders of Processing, this book takes you through the learning process one step at a time to help you grasp core programming concepts. You'll learn how to sketch with code -- creating a program with one a line of code, observing the result, and then adding to it. Join the thousands of hobbyists, students, and professionals who have discovered this free and educational community platform.


    • Quickly learn programming basics, from variables to objects
    • Understand the fundamentals of computer graphics
    • Get acquainted with the Processing software development environment
    • Create interactive graphics with easy-to-follow projects
    • Use the Arduino open source prototyping platform to control your Processing graphics


    Chapter 1 Hello

    1. Sketching and Prototyping
    2. Flexibility
    3. Giants
    4. Family Tree
    5. Join In

    Chapter 2 Starting to Code

    1. Your First Program
    2. Show
    3. Save
    4. Share
    5. Examples and Reference

    Chapter 3 Draw

    1. Basic Shapes
    2. Drawing Order
    3. Shape Properties
    4. Color
    5. Custom Shapes
    7. Robot 1: Draw

    Chapter 4 Variables

    1. Making Variables
    2. Processing Variables
    3. A Little Math
    4. Repetition
    5. Robot 2: Variables

    Chapter 5 Response

    1. Follow
    2. Map
    3. Click
    4. Location
    5. Type
    6. Robot 3: Response

    Chapter 6 Media

    1. Images
    2. Fonts
    3. Shapes
    4. Robot 4: Media

    Chapter 7 Motion

    1. Speed and Direction
    2. Tweening
    3. Random
    4. Timers
    5. Circular
    6. Translate, Rotate, Scale
    7. Robot 5: Motion

    Chapter 8 Functions

    1. Function Basics
    2. Make a Function
    3. Return Values
    4. Robot 6: Functions

    Chapter 9 Objects

    1. Classes and Objects
    2. Robot 7: Objects

    Chapter 10 Arrays

    1. Make an Array
    2. Repetition and Arrays
    3. Arrays of Objects
    4. Robot 8: Arrays

    Chapter 11 Extend

    1. 3D
    2. Image Export
    3. Hello Arduino
    4. Community

    Appendix Coding Tips

    1. Functions and Parameters
    2. Color Coding
    4. Uppercase and Lowercase
    5. Style
    6. Console
    7. One Step at a Time

    Appendix Data Types
    Appendix Order of Operations
    Appendix Variable Scope