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This is a research blog for my MA in Visual Effects @ Ravensbourne, UK.

Learning Plan

I’m increasingly getting more interested in lighting and in working with lights for interactive art installations. First because physical interaction is very interesting. I see more and more of smart objects and a huge potential to incorporate that to the screen and computer interaction. Playing with the Kinect was a mind opening and since then, I’ve been reading more about physical computing and how to incorporate alternative ways and interfaces with the screen.

Also, Cinder is becoming more attractive as I’m spending more time coding and learning C++. For this matter I’m currently reading a couple of book, such as Exploring C++: The Programmer’s Introduction to C++ by Ray Lischner, C++ Cookbook (O’Reilly) by D. Ryan Stephens, Christopher Diggins, Jonathan Turkanis and Jeff Cogswell and Jumping into C++ by Alex Allain (his website was also very helpful offering very straightforward examples).

I’m doing relatively well and getting my head around the language quicker than I’ve imagined; at least the fundamental part. Even though having a library such as Cinder is also quite helpful, getting more familiar with the programming language is very important if not essential. So, I’ve set a schedule of readings and exercises in order to achieve that.

Alex Allain book’s Jumping into C++ and his website are giving me quick entry points and demonstrating more of the fundamental part of the language. At the same time though I know it’s a convinient and accessible way to get introduced to the language, it’s important to get more sources that can offer me more real scenarios and more complex knowledge of C++. In this respect, the O’Reilly C++ Cookbook book explains lots of cases and frequent solutions for classical problems that C++ usually face.

Last but not least, Making Things Talk: Using Sensors, Networks, and Arduino to See, Hear, and Feel Your World: Physical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects by Tom Igoe is a lovely book. Fun and easy to read but full of information and very productive. I’m very glad I came across this one.

Reading list:

Exploring C++: The Programmer’s Introduction to C++, Ray Lischner
C++ Cookbook (O’Reilly), D. Ryan Stephens, Christopher Diggins, Jonathan Turkanis and Jeff Cogswell
Jumping into C++, Alex Allain
Electronics Explained, Louis Frenzel
Making Things Talk: Using Sensors, Networks, and Arduino to See, Hear, and Feel Your World: Physical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects, Tom Igoe

- Posted by rrraul on 12/02/2013 | PG04 |