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  • Title Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities
  • Author(s) Nick Montfort
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 2nd edition (May 18, 2021)
  • License(s): CC BY-NC-SA
  • Hardcover 384 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262044609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262044608
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Book Description

This book introduces programming to readers involved with the arts and humanities; there are no prerequisites, and no previous knowledge of programming is assumed. Nick Montfort reveals programming to be not merely a technical exercise within given constraints but a tool for sketching, brainstorming, and inquiry.

He emphasizes programming's exploratory potential -- its facility to create new kinds of artworks and to probe data for new ideas. The book is designed to be read alongside the computer, allowing readers to program while making their way through the chapters.

It offers practical exercises in writing and modifying code and outlines "free projects" that allow learners to pursue their own interests.

It is also an astute, gentle, and reflective guide to coding. Through carefully chosen exercises, Montfort shows artists and humanists how to create and explore text and images, and demystifies how to make a computer do something new.

About the Authors
  • Nick Montfort is Professor of Digital Media in Comparative Media Studies/Writing at MIT.
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