I spend a lot of time reading the Processing Programming Handbook by Casey Reas and Ben Fry.

Even though I bought the book in 2008, I still haven’t read it cover to cover. I keep going over the same things, reading from the start. Reading the same chapters.

Slowly it’s beginning to sink in. I get certain concepts now, and am learning more and more of the language.

I’ve never learnt a 2nd language as far as speaking and writing is concerned, so I imagine learning to program is just as hard as doing that. Stop doing it for too long, and you start to forget.

One of the bonuses of the Reas/Fry book is all the little historical facts they twist into the text for each chapter. Depending on the topic, there’s a wealth of info to discover about the history of software in the arts.

Today I discovered AARON, a program written by the artist Harold Cohen.

Developed in the 70’s, and up to the present day, AARON creates a new artwork everytime the program is run. Initially creating basic lines, AARON evolved to draw rocks and plants, and eventually people, before moving onto abstraction.

Both of the images in this post were created by AARON.

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