Survival Guide to Processing

The Processing language has changed the way many artists feel about programming. Built on Java, Processing makes learning traditional programming easier by having many built-in functions.  Processing is different from a graphical language like Max because you do have to write it line by line.  Once you understand how to look at all those funny words and symbols without crying, it becomes easier to control, and thats exactly what this class is for. 

Survival Guide To Processing

Liz Taylor
Sat, Sept 24, noon to 6pm
The Processing language has changed the way many artists feel about programming. Built on Java, Processing makes learning traditional programming easier by having many built-in functions.  Processing is different from a graphical language like Max because you do have to write it line by line.  Once you understand how to look at all those funny words and symbols without crying, it becomes easier to control, and thats exactly what this class is for.  The benefits of Processing is its ability to work with large numbers and do complex math, while giving the programmer complete control over the lines you write.

What we will cover in class:
We’ll start with baby steps: writing code, syntax, variables, if statements, for loops, and arrays.  We will then move into the built in functions that Processing offers: how to draw shapes and work with images.  Then we’ll go over how to play nice with others, aka add interactivity through the mouse and keyboard. We’ll then talk about what libraries are, and how to use them. In the end we’ll discuss how to package your file for viewing on the internet.  The Processing Website is the strongest resource available to new learners, and we will talk about the examples available, and becoming comfortable using the website and forum to solve your problems.   This class is for beginners; while all skill levels are welcome, we will be starting with the very basics of programming within Processing and advance as far as possible in 6 hours.  In the end we will all have gone from being lost in the woods of programming to the Bear Grylls of Processing.  Maybe not Bear Grylls, but at least a highly prepared boy scout.

Liz Taylor is a new media artist whose interests lie at the intersection of  art, design, and technology. While studying digital media at Florida State University she explored the elements of data portrayal and art installation through an Undergraduate Thesis focused on utilizing Processing. While completing a Masters in Fine Arts in Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design she investigates such topics as memory and personal identity through blending mediums such as illustration, computer programming, paper cut, motion graphics, installation, and soft circuitry techniques.

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