“Processing”: Cool graphics and interactive animations

I originally came across this on 2003-08-09 (in Wired 2003-09, "Web Design for Dummies" on page 61), where the URL was http://proce55ing.net. I just re-encountered my notes from that day and revisited the site (now at a different URL).

Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and sound. It is used by students, artists, designers, architects, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool. Processing is developed by artists and designers as an alternative to proprietary software tools in the same domain.

The Exhibition section on the site has some interesting examples of things people have done with Processing. Visual Scratch is pretty cool...

UPDATE 2008-08-31: Here are three books about Processing (the first is new; I have the other two):

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