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Where X=p5

p5.js is a JavaScript library that starts with the original goal of Processing, to make coding accessible for artists, designers, educators, and beginners, and reinterprets this for today’s web. Since p5 is a JavaScript library, you should learn Javascript first. “`js /////////////////////////////////// // p5.js has two important functions to work with.

function setup() { // the setup function gets executed just once when the window is loaded } function draw() { // the draw function gets called every single frame. This means that for a frameRate(30) it would get called 30 times per second. }

// the following code explains all features

function setup() {

createCanvas(640, 480); // creates a new canvas element with 640px as width as 480px as height background(128); // changes the background color of the canvas, can accept rgb values like background(100,200,20) else grayscale values like background(0) = black or background(255) = white


function draw() {

ellipse(10,10, 50,50); // creates a ellipse at the 10px from the left and 10px from the top with width adn height as 50 each, so its basically a cirle. //remember in p5.js the origin is at the top-left corner of the canvas

if (mouseIsPressed) { // mouseIsPressed is a boolean variable that changes to true if the mouse buttton is pressed down at that instant

fill(0); // fill refers to the innner color or filling color of whatever shape you are going to draw next

} else {

fill(255); // you can give in rgb values like fill(72, 240, 80) to get colors, else a single values determines the grayscale where fill(255) stands for #FFF(white) and fill(0) stands for #000(black)


ellipse(mouseX, mouseY, 80, 80); // mouseX is the x-coordinate of the mouse’s current position and mouseY is the y-coordinate of the mouse’s current position

// the above code creates a circle wherever mouse’s current position and fills it either black or white based on the mouseIsPressed }

## Further Reading
* [p5.js | get started]( The official documentation
* [Code! Programming for Beginners with p5.js - YouTube]( Introduction and Coding challenges using Processing and p5.js by Coding Train

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Originally contributed by Amey Bhavsar, and updated by 0 contributor(s).