Dan Shiffman and Casey Reas on the Importance of Processing’s Play Button

“Having the icon be basically the play button was a big innovation of the friendly language of Processing. It isn’t ‘compile’—it’s ‘play.’”
Dan Shiffman, Associate Arts Professor at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, reminiscing on Processing’s origins with co-founders Casey Reas and Ben Fry. “That was intentional,” explains Reas in Eye of Design’s “oral history” of the creative coding language. “If you were learning computer programming at that time you were doing classes in a computer science department. You were only working with text and math.”

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