I’ve been using Max/MSP/Jitter for a little while now and often struggle, I think, due to a lack of any programming background. I’d like to learn another programming language/environment in the hopes that it will make me a better Max programmer. I often look at programming books when I go to a bookstore but am so overwhelmed by all the different languages that I never jump in and begin and just continue to struggle with Max.
Does anyone have any advice as to what might be a good language for a beginner to learn both in terms of ease of learning and also power/applicability in relation to Max? I’m sure this is a totally naive question but any advice/information about how to proceed is sincerely appreciated.
I’d like to vouch for Processing. It’s a terrific introduction to the
basics. There are three books on Processing out now, each quite
different from the others (geared for different audiences), but all
three are good… Also lots of examples and other info at the
Quote: Sub Avian Flow wrote on Fri, 20 February 2009 16:21
Learning some amount of coding logic, even with its inevitable frustrations and syntax/logic errors, is very useful to understand more of what’s going on computer-wise in general. It will also allow you to understand the connections/parallels between code and Max, which sometimes are obvious and other times not, and see where one approach is easier or more powerful than the other.
Even writing some "pseudo-code" to get into the idea of program logic, variables, conditionals, and loops is helpful, and at that point you don’t have to worry about picky syntax. Then gradually deconstruct simple code examples, change things one at a time to see what happens, see how you can break them and why, and on and on. It’s worth some investigation for sure.
I am in the exact situation. I am just beginning to get into Java scripting my self and this was purely determined by the fact that I use Max so often.
The confusing thing for me , is that Java script is such a vast subject. I often get lost when googling the subject and often wonder "how could this benefit Max ??"
!! If anyone could recommend a book for the total Java script novice , This would be greatly appreciated
Hey thanks vanille !! these are some sweet links !!