Media praise for Getting Started with Processing

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"Making a computer program used to be as easy as turning it on and typing one or two lines of code to get it to say, 'Hello.' Now it takes a 500+ page manual and an entire village. Not anymore. This little book by Ben and Casey gets you computationally drawing lines, triangles, and circles within minutes of clicking the ‘download’ button. They’ve made making computer programs humanly and humanely possible again—and that's no small feat."
-- John Maeda, President of Rhode Island School of Design

"Getting Started with Processing is not only a straightforward introduction to basic programming—it's fun! It almost feels like an activity workbook for grownups. You may want to buy it even if you never thought you were interested in programming, because you will be."
-- Mark Allen, Founder and Director, Machine Project

"This is an excellent primer for those wanting to dip their feet into programming graphics. Its learning by doing approach makes it particularly appropriate for artists and designers who are often put off by more traditional theory first approaches. The price of the book and the fact that the Processing environment is open source makes this an excellent choice for students."
-- Gillian Crampton Smith, Fondazione Venezia Professor of Design, IUAV University of Venice

"Processing changed dramatically the way we teach programming and it's one of the major factors of the success of Arduino."
-- Massimo Banzi, Cofounder of Arduino

"Casey Reas and Ben Fry champion the exciting power of programming for creatives in Getting Started with Processing, a hands-on guide for making code-based drawings and interactive graphics. Reas and Fry are clear and direct, but as artists, they're not afraid to be a bit eccentric and offbeat. This makes their unique form of teaching powerful."
-- Holly Willis, Director of Academic Programs, Institute for Multimedia Literacy, School of Cinematic Arts, USC

"...a very simple way to learn how to use the language and get started."
-- Jerry Pournelle, Chaos Manor, The User's Column, July 2010, Column 360

"...I really enjoyed this book. In a word it is superb."
-- Shawn Day, randomosity

"It is a good introduction to the Processing language, and is paced somewhat as an introduction to programming as well. Those who already program in other languages will have no problem, and those who haven't will probably be able to pick it up as well.... Overall, the book is a quick and straightforward introduction to data visualization, without the boring and complex math one would usually find."
-- Tony Cappellini, BayPIGgies

"Anyone wishing to learn how to program, but who has been intimidated by all of the preliminary requirements, will appreciate this book.... Readers will quickly write their own programs and discover the large community of users who have created interesting and novel programs."
-- Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing



"This is an excellent primer for those wanting to dip their feet into programming graphics."
--Gillian Crampton Smith, Fondazione Venezia Professor of Design, IUAV University of Venice