Unit 2 - Introduction to Processing

  1. Download and Install Processing
    1. Download from www.processing.org
    2. While you're downloading the appropriate version Read Chapters 1 and 2 of Getting Started with Processing 
    3. Follow the Directions in Chapter 2 (pg.7) to install Processing. Note, you are really just copying the files to a location on your computer. Windows and Linux users, be sure to "unzip" the downloaded file. If you try to run without unzipping you'll just get an error message. Also leave all the files in the folder together. If you move Processing.exe to another folder it will not run.
  2. Chapter 2 - Your First Program
    1. Work Through the rest of Chapter 2. In this chapter you'll be introduced to the basic programming interface in Processing.
  3. Chapter 3 - Learning to Draw
    1. Work through all the code examples in Chapter 3 of Getting Started with Processing i.e. type in all code examples and run them. Change the numbers a little and then run them again. Make sure you have a basic understanding for how each shape works.
    2. While working through Chapter 3, also read through this great treatment of color on the Processing web site.
  4. Assignments:
    1. Assignment 2.1 - Draw a set of four concentric circles and then four "concentric" squares. Post the pictures to your log as well as an explanation for what you need to do differently for circles and squares. Note: you might want to look up rectMode() and ellipseMode() in the Processing reference.
    2. Assignment 2.2 - Draw a cool picture or design. Your picture must include color and transparency and must use at least three different "Basic Shapes". Your code and picture must be put in your log.
    3. Assignment 2.3 - Draw a robot in the same theme as the robot at then end of chapter 4 (pg. 34). We'll be using your robot instead of P5 for the exercises found throughout the book. Your code and picture must be put in your log.
    4. Complete the LON-CAPA Unit 2 Quiz (only 5 Questions Long)