Processing and Arduino in Tandem
Creating Your Own Digital Art Tools
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: July 2010
Run time: 7 hours 53 minutes

Create your own drawing and animation software—and learn basic programming and electronics skills at the same time. This five-session video course introduces you to two simple tools: Processing, a programming language for visual thinkers, and Arduino, a hardware platform for working with electronics. You’ll learn how to use these tools together to build something useful right away.

Presented by creativeLIVE in partnership with O’Reilly, each session offers easy-to-follow, hands-on lessons. You don’t need programming or electronics experience to get started. Processing is easy to learn, and you’ll get to know Arduino with a starter kit. It’s a fun and inspiring way for designers, artists, and beginning programmers to learn basic graphics programming.

  • Learn to create basic software applications with the Processing language
  • Make your own drawing and animation tools
  • Create a GUI (Graphical User Interface) to control your software
  • Work with an Arduino microcontroller to provide the physical controls for your drawing and animation tools
  • Work with Mac OS X, Linux, or a Windows PC with Windows XP or Windows 7
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4.1

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  • Easy to understand (11)
  • Accurate (9)
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    2.0

    This tutorial is for Apple users only

    By Sparky

    from San Fran, CA

    About Me Designer, Developer, Educator, Maker

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Not comprehensive enough

      Best Uses

      • Novice

      Comments about O'Reilly Media Processing and Arduino in Tandem:

      This would've been great if I owned a Mac, but I don't. If you intend to use Processing and/or Arduino with a PC or Linux then this is not the tutorial series for you.

      Also, the download feature does not work. I wanted to watch these on my nook reader, but can only watch them online. I need an Internet connection to watch. The server disconnects you before the download finishes on a majority of the videos. This happened on multiple PCs, at different locations.

      On the other hand if you own a Mac, have no plans to use Processing and/or Ardiono using a PC (or Linux), and intend to just watch the videos online only, than this series of videos is a good place to start that learning process (pardon the pun).

      One last Item, the videos are only available in MOV (apple) format, and not in any of the Mpeg standards. Once again if you are a Mac person this is a good series for you, and I would give it an acceptable, 3 stars for its content. Nothing special that stands out though, but it will give you the basics.

       
      4.0

      Way more fun than just a book!

      By pyramus

      from Amsterdam, NL

      About Me Artist, Designer, Maker

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      Pros

      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Knowledgable trainer

      Cons

      • Structure planning
      • Too basic

      Best Uses

      • Novice
      • Student

      Comments about O'Reilly Media Processing and Arduino in Tandem:

      Overall great experience, especially the interaction between trainer and audience through the forum was excellent. Scope of each lesson could have been a little more clear in advance: I - and many with me - expected to start using the Arduino much sooner than lesson 4.
      I also think there could have been invested a little bit more time in this part (this lesson was the only one we ran out of time).

      Other than that, almost perfect with a very very knowledgable trainer!

       
      5.0

      Processing + Arduino == Splendid!

      By Steven

      from Hobe Sound, Fl.

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      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Concise
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Intermediate
        • Novice

        Comments about O'Reilly Media Processing and Arduino in Tandem:

        Instructor is very easy to understand and is non- threatening in his attitude toward the subject and questions/suggestions.

         
        4.0

        Easy learning...

        By Tito

        from Portugal

        About Me Designer, Developer, Educator, Maker

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Concise
        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples

        Cons

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          • Novice
          • Student

          Comments about O'Reilly Media Processing and Arduino in Tandem:

          In a matter of hours you will get a powerful demo on both products (Processing and Arduino) - learn how to put them to speak one to each other - and, I'm almost sure, wish to learn more and more about the subject.
          A new dawn in drawing in animation programatically and with an electronic based interface.
          Cool stuff...

           
          4.0

          Real Live Creativity

          By AndyYEG

          from Edmonton, Alberta

          About Me Maker, Sys Admin

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          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Concise
          • Easy to understand
          • Helpful examples
          • Well-written

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Intermediate

            Comments about O'Reilly Media Processing and Arduino in Tandem:

            It was great to have a live audience to provide questions, and have the answers come back right away. A fun topic. Good material if you want to start on both Arduino and Processing (which you do if you are making them interact), or even if your interest is with one but are curious about the other. Access to source code was useful for me - after week 2 I stopped trying to type it all myself and focused on adding comments to the code. My plans were to use Processing (visualizing data) and Arduino (measuring my gas meter without touching it) separately but this sure gave me some cool ideas!

             
            4.0

            a well thought-out introduction

            By gracehoper

            from philadelphia, pa

            About Me Poet

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            Pros

            • Concise
            • Helpful examples
            • Well-written

            Cons

            • A bit basic
            • A few errors

            Best Uses

            • Novice

            Comments about O'Reilly Media Processing and Arduino in Tandem:

            The class doesn't delve too deep in any one topic, but that is to its benefit. It introduces the processing/arduino beginner to many of the different kinds of interaction that processing and arduino allow. The course is well thought out, and it is nice to end up with a product, although I think the greater benefit is that you are left with the beginnings of something you can continue to modify or entirely revamp, having been introduced to the interactive potential opened up by processing/arduino.

            For those who already have some programming knowledge, there will be a lot of explanation that is very basic, but the instructor does a decent job of not spending too much time explicating basic concepts.

            If I have any complaints it's that the instructor mumbles his way through some of the Q and A, but that's probably not as big of an issue with the recorded video as it was with the live-stream. Also, he referred to '==' as 'strict equality' throughout the course, which bugged me a bit, because strict equality is '===' and '==' is just basic equality. But, whatever. Still enjoyed the course.

             
            4.0

            Very Enjoyable!

            By Stephen

            from Portland OR

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            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Concise
            • Easy to understand
            • Helpful examples
            • Well-written

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Intermediate
              • Novice

              Comments about O'Reilly Media Processing and Arduino in Tandem:

              Great class!

              I thought it was a bit ambitious at first but Joe did exactly what he said he would, creating pretty much every line of code in real time. I'm an experienced engineer, I even edited along the first couple of weeks, a bit intense, but do-able.

              He skimmed when necessary, not rat-holing on details - leaving for later, for those who want to explore the docs themselves.

              Slight bummer for me was that I bought one of the early Projboxes which had a known issue with the wire used. I replaced them and works fine now!

              But in general I was constantly surprised at how much was covered in each class and how well, with only one runover session. The creativeLive team really know what they are doing!

              Very impressed, will follow their offerings closely from now on.

               
              5.0

              Enjoyed the class a lot.

              By Wobbly

              from New Jersey

              About Me Developer, Maker

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Concise
              • Easy to understand
              • Helpful examples

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                • Intermediate

                Comments about O'Reilly Media Processing and Arduino in Tandem:

                I attended the class live online, and it was really quite good. The pace was brisk, but I was able to keep up with it. The examples were a good introduction to the capabilities of both Processing and Arduino. I'll most likely attend another class from creativeLive.

                 
                4.0

                excellent course

                By dan-fox

                from metro Washington DC

                About Me Developer, Hard core Java guy

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                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Concise
                • Easy to understand
                • Entertaining
                • Helpful examples
                • Well-written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artist
                  • Left brain
                  • Programmer
                  • Right brain

                  Comments about O'Reilly Media Processing and Arduino in Tandem:

                  This was my first experience with live streaming video classroom and it was great! Joseph knows both products very well, and the examples were well thought out and progressed nicely from simple to complex. My only gripe is that I wasn't there to ask questions; too many people online for it to be anything more than a 'watching TV' experience. But that means that the video will be as good as the live experience and you'll get as much as I did out of it!

                  caveat: I have 30 yr programming experience so there was no 'code frustration' involved. YMMV.

                   
                  4.0

                  Faster video upload needed

                  By Chuck

                  from Sunnyvale, CA

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                  • Concise
                  • Easy to understand
                  • Helpful examples
                  • Well-written

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                    • Intermediate

                    Comments about O'Reilly Media Processing and Arduino in Tandem:

                    Joe's presentation was very good, but I have been disappointed by how long it takes to get the videos up.

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