Why Processing is the best way of learning Python

Why Processing is the best way of learning Python

Why Processing is the best way of learning Python. Learning Python with all of the perks and none of the drawbacks

Whether you are an experienced programmer, or you have never programmed before, chances are you have never heard of Processing. Processing is an extremely well-known tool in the field of creative computing and visual arts, but it results in being quite niche everywhere else. Processing is (and I quote from the official website):

a flexible software sketchbook and a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts.

In the above quote, Processing is mentioned as both a sketchbook and a language because originally (back in 2001) Processing shipped solely with a custom/simplified version of the Java programming language thus making it both a language and a coding environment. Since then, a lot of things have changed. Processing has grown into a large community supported project with tons of add-ons, video tutorials and external libraries. Amongst these, between 2010 and 2014, a Python Mode was developed. Since then it is possible to actually program in the Processing IDE using the Python programming language, and I’m here to tell you why this is an excellent way to learn and/or teach Python.

Forget Python installation nightmares

The very nature of Processing makes everything easy to do. From installing the Processing app itself, to getting started using the first provided video tutorials, all the way to navigating complex examples and installing extensions. And here is where the Processing-Python collaboration shines.

Python is a great language to approach the world of programming because of its ease of use and syntax which is very much close to written English. However, if there is one thing that is definitely not good for beginners, it’s the installation process. Python is very ambiguous and presents itself with several versions (some of which deprecated). Moreover, the installation can happen via a number of different channels: Rodeo, Anaconda, brew, python.org… just to name a few! Processing removes any barrier between the learner and Python placing the installer right in the midst of any other Processing Mode! Select Python mode for Processing, click install, and you’re ready to go.

Somebody might argue that using something like Anaconda Navigator would let beginners achieve a similar result with the same ease of use. However, Anaconda Navigator still maintains most of Anaconda’s powerful features and thus results in a more complex interface. Moreover, Navigator is just a package manager, from there the user would have to select and install a code editor adding unnecessary steps that a Python beginner shouldn’t have to worry about.

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