End of October '22 a friend asked me if I could make a collection of nodes for him that he should definitely know when learning Gamma. So during Nodevember I sat down going through every single node in the node browser to do so. The outcome now is a beginner tutorial series of 38 patches and topics, covering everything from A to VL and Vector4 (Split).

Part I: The Big Bang

  1. Introduction
  2. Data Types and IOBoxes
  3. Nodes and Pins
  4. Simple Math
  5. Type Conversion
  6. Colors
  7. Strings
  8. Error Handling

Part II: The Subatomic Particles

  1. 2D Rendering
  2. 3D Rendering
  3. Complex Data Types
  4. Video and Camera Input
  5. Texture Sources and Effects
  6. Mixing Skia and Stride
  7. Basic Control
  8. Conditions
  9. Animation
  10. Transformations
  11. Text Rendering

Part III: The Expansion of the Universe

  1. Spreads
  2. Iteration
  3. Spread Generators
  4. More About Loops
  5. Pads
  6. Create and Update
  7. Process Nodes
  8. Member Operations

Part IV: The Primordial Soup

  1. Mouse Input
  2. Collision
  3. Triggers and Flops
  4. Counting
  5. Keyboard Input
  6. Audio Input
  7. Ranges
  8. Boolean Logic
  9. Angles
  10. Transitions
  11. Algorithms
nuget install VL.ThePatchersGuide

Some dogmas I had during the creation:

  • All nodes are only from the standard set in the node browser.
  • 2D and 3D drawing is treated and taught completely equally, all principles are presented for Skia and Stride.
  • No node is ever used that is not explained in the current patch or hasn’t been in one of the previous ones.
  • Focus on clear principles and try not to go extremely complex.

Have fun exploring and bussi baba!


cool Thanks. I’ll would happily recommand those patches to my students.

Me too! wishing to see them.

The tutorials are up and can be installed as a Nuget!

nuget install VL.ThePatchersGuide

Have fun and let me know if there are questions or issues!


@chk just went through these, They’re brilliant.

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Just pushed the NuGet with a new name - I was not happy with the old title, but now I am!

nuget install VL.ThePatchersGuide

I guess I have to make sure at some point that it has 42 chapters…


Cool nuget, aswome contrib! thx!

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I started releasing a video tutorial series based on this nuget on YouTube.

Check it out in the other thread:
Video Tutorial Series for Absolute Beginners of VL


The quality of the videos is impressive. Great job and keep it coming!


If you enjoy these patches and find them helpful, please consider supporting me on Ko-Fi!

Thanks a lot to those who already bought me a Mandelbrot and sponsored the development:
Bene, brunotti, @sunep, michaelias, @CeeYaa, @amir, @tobyk, @timpernagel, Shaul Tzemach, @m4d

And special thanks to @remony and @motzi for proof-reading!