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Processing is a programming language, development environment, and online community. Since 2001, Processing has promoted software literacy within the visual arts and visual literacy within technology. Initially created to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach computer programming fundamentals within a visual context, Processing evolved into a development tool for professionals. Today, there are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning, prototyping, and production.

  • » Free to download and open source
  • » Interactive programs with 2D, 3D or PDF output
  • » OpenGL integration for accelerated 3D
  • » For GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows
  • » Over 100 libraries extend the core software
  • » Well documented, with many books available

Processing Handbook, 2nd Edition

The second edition of the Processing textbook was released in December 2014. It has been thoroughly updated, influenced by the seven years of Processing being taught in classrooms, computer labs, universities, and art schools, since the first edition. Every chapter has been revised, and new chapters introduce more ways to work with data and geometry. New “synthesis” chapters offer discussion and worked examples of such topics as sketching with code, modularity, and algorithms.

Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers (Second Edition)

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    To see more of what people are doing with Processing, check out these sites:

    » CreativeApplications.Net
    » OpenProcessing
    » Vimeo
    » Flickr
    » Studio Sketchpad

    To contribute to the development, please visit Processing on GitHub to read instructions for downloading the code, building from the source, reporting and tracking bugs, and creating libraries and tools.

    » Fathom
    » UCLA Arts Software Studio
    » NYU ITP

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