Introduction to Processing

Processing is an open source programming language. It is widely used and can be the base software to create all kinds of things. Its language is very similar to that of Java so is very useful for the teaching of programming. There is so much information available about Processing on the internet including tutorials and open codes, it makes it a lot easier to gather information and learn.

In our first workshop we looked on the Processing.org exhibition at all the different examples of media that had been made using Processing. One of the first ones I recognised was the digital petting zoo, this was because it was one of the installations at the Digital Revolution exhibition (Barbican, London) which I had been to see in the summer.

http://minimaforms.com/#item=petting-zoo-frac-2

I had not realised how much could be/had been made with Processing. So when we started to learn the code it got me excited at the possibilities of what I could make. In our first workshop we started out with the basics of Processing, looking at the ‘void setup’ and ‘void draw’ functions and what to put in each section.

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 10.35.36

This is the code we learnt on the first workshop, and it looks like this when you run it. Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 23.03.07

I will be continuing to play about with Processing and posting my creations.

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