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1Jul/130

Cinder Creative Coding Cookbook

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This book is one of the most helpful and most comprehensive books available out in the market. It does not only present the basics and the simple conventions of creative coding but it also provides a vast coverage of related topics such as integration of the code with other technologies or other software structures. You can find the basics of an iOS application that can be created with Cinder Framework, create a Kinect based interactive artwork or focus on digital image processing and virtual physic rules to create the top notch collisions for your new indie game.

The thing about books that deal with creative coding is that they either focus on the most simple approaches and conventions in creative coding or the focus only on how coding can be used creatively and instead of talking about the coding itself, they rather focus on different uses of coding and merely ideas. This book has a nice way of tackling with both sides that and I find this to my liking. It provides you with clear examples about the topics it deals with and and explains each example code snippet roughly, so that you can clarify your mind. There aren't dozens of books in the market about Cinder Framework but Cinder - Creative Coding Cookbook is definitely one of the best reference books available and I would suggest it to everyone interested about Cinder Framework.

I believe that it is also very important to have a good reference book about the framework that is dealt with and in our case the references about Cinder can mostly be reached by a Google search and you wouldn't be too surprised to see that the answers (if there are any) to your problem have been typed to an online forum by a top contributor of the forum, who is one of the very few dedicated contributors of that forum. As there are other options for C++ based frameworks such as Open Frameworks, which has more references than Cinder (since it is older than Cinder), this book has also another type of value in that sense.

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19Sep/120

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Seems silly at first glance, eh? Well, at this point I shall tell you that it's one of the most amazing books I've read so far.

It's one of those books you should take your time to read and digest. You will be amazed by this (un)usual journey and how the narrator relates these two seemingly different subjects. I want to tell much more about this book, however no matter what I type, I feel that I'm not presenting the book good enough. Probably because Mr. Pirsig is much better with words and sentences than me.

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1Apr/120

The Hacker Ethic

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I believe we all have books that we decide to buy on the first sight, and somehow fail to read immediately. This was one of these books for me; even if I loved the book's subject and the author's approach towards it, I somehow forgot to read it and it stayed on my bookshelf for couple of months.

Last week I finally decided to read it, and couldn't drop it off of my hand, as if I were reading a detective novel of the most addictive type. It's a joint book; starting with Linus Torvalds' opening article and then continuing with Pekka Himanen's sociological and ethical interpretation of the concept of hacker subculture. Even if it can be considered as a book that is rather a sociological comparison of the hacker working ethics and the protestant working ethics, it includes precious inferences that are highly enlightening and historical information about hacker subculture. Not to mention that it differentiates hackers from crackers.

If you're looking for a rather short but interesting and informative book on this subject, I'd highly recommend it.

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5Dec/110

Readings on Sound Design

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I've been recently reading books about sound design and sonic arts, and Exploring Sound Design for Interactive Media by Joseph Cancellaro was the last one I read. I found the book beneficial, mostly because it covers different topics and introduces a general view on different subjects, which provides a great head start. It goes from Music Theory to Sound Design for Web/Films/Games and keeps you awake all the time by giving fascinating examples. Did you know that the sound of Luke Skywalker's landspeeder from Star Wars was designed with recorded sounds from Los Angeles Harbor Freeway through a vacuum cleaner pipe?  Or that the Ewokese language was a combination and layering of Tibetan, Mongolian and Nepali languages? Well I didn't, and I've learned various other stuff from this book.

Another great thing is that, eventhough the book provides general information about investigated topics, the reader can find out where to focus. Personally, I think designing sounds for films is rather exciting.

 

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