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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Quite impressive Sept. 28 2011
By Joshua J. Noble - Published on
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Yes, this book is a good overview of the major themes in generative art and an excellent intro for techniques to generative art-making and Processing in general. More importantly though, it's also filled with insights into the why's and how's of Mr. Pearsons own work and that of the work that he's writing about, which is just as important; understanding not just what a pretty graphic is, but what it models, how it relates to the world. I find this lacking in a lot of texts about generative art or computer art and it's one of the fundamental elements of understanding and creating your own generative artwork, the correlations between what we see on the screen and what we see in around and beyond it. Mr. Pearson not only codes well and makes pretty things but also thinks and writes quite clearly, and he puts all those skills to use here to tell a story of curiosity and its dividends.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great introduction to Processing, Genart July 27 2011
By N. Peyton - Published on
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I've read most of the books available on Processing, and Pearson's is unique in that it thoroughly covers the philosophical side of Genart, namely the struggle between chaos and order. Fantastic.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A great resource and reference for any experience level July 14 2011
By Robert O'Rourke - Published on
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Buy this book if you are looking for something in between a coding manual, reference book, discussion of and a history of Generative Art. Matt has hit upon a good balance for those who find a pure programming book makes their eyes glaze over and want to understand the why aswell as the how. The book is structured so that the introduction is gradual without getting too heavy on the coding side of things for too long. After that the book deepens your understanding and teaches you some of the more complex and beautiful algorithms used in GenArt. Not only is it an informative an interesting read in its own right it is also a useful reference to come back to again and again.
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Not for the complete beginner May 12 2013
By Hugh Ekeberg - Published on
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Without doubt an excellent book, but not for the complete beginner. The beginner will be confused with the lack of explanations as to why things are so and the code jumps to advanced syntax very quickly. As a beginner myself I'll put this on the shelf for a while and come back to it in a few months time.
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nice book April 13 2013
By Gabriel - Published on
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good graphics, useful information and examples

a great way to learn java language/processing

the book starts with the very simple and then increases dificulty

i dont like that it is printed in cheap paper...

be careful if you purchase it, verify that it contains a cd (mine didnt have it)