Programming Tutorials

Excellent Free Tutorials to Learn PostScript

PostScript is an interpreted, stack-based language similar to Forth but with strong dynamic typing, data structures inspired by those found in Lisp, scoped memory and, since language level 2, garbage collection.

The language syntax uses reverse Polish notation, which makes the order of operations unambiguous, but reading a program requires some practice.

PostScript is a Turing-complete programming language, belonging to the concatenative group. This means that any program you can write in any programming language, you can write in PostScript (albeit it will be slower).

PostScript files are (generally) plain text files and as such they can easily be generated by hand or as the output of user written programs. As with most programming languages, postscript files (programs) are intended to be, at least partially, human-readable.

Here’s our recommended tutorials to learn PostScript.


1. The Tiny Guide for PostScript Markup by David Byram-Wigfield

This is a 90 page PDF that’s a great way to start learning about PostScript.

Read the guide


2. PostScript Tutorial by Paul Bourke

PostScript Tutorial is designed as a first tutorial to the PostScript language. It focuses on how to use Postscript to generate graphics rather than explore it as a programming language. By the end you should feel confident about writing simple PostScript programs for drawing graphics and text.

Read the tutorial


3. Quick PostScript Programming Tutorial by Ruben Berenguel

This tutorial explains to the reader basic information to get started with PostScript.

Read the tutorial


All tutorials in this series:

Free Programming Tutorials
JavaGeneral-purpose, concurrent, class-based, object-oriented, high-level language
CGeneral-purpose, procedural, portable, high-level language
PythonGeneral-purpose, structured, powerful language
C++General-purpose, portable, free-form, multi-paradigm language
C#Combines the power and flexibility of C++ with the simplicity of Visual Basic
JavaScriptInterpreted, prototype-based, scripting language
PHPPHP has been at the helm of the web for many years
RubyGeneral purpose, scripting, structured, flexible, fully object-oriented language
AssemblyAs close to writing machine code without writing in pure hexadecimal
SwiftPowerful and intuitive general-purpose programming language
GroovyPowerful, optionally typed and dynamic language
GoCompiled, statically typed programming language
PascalImperative and procedural language designed in the late 1960s
PerlHigh-level, general-purpose, interpreted, scripting, dynamic language
RDe facto standard among statisticians and data analysts
COBOLCommon Business-Oriented Language
ScalaModern, object-functional, multi-paradigm, Java-based language
FortranThe first high-level language, using the first compiler
ScratchVisual programming language designed for 8-16 year-old children
LuaDesigned as an embeddable scripting language
LogoDialect of Lisp that features interactivity, modularity, extensibility
RustIdeal for systems, embedded, and other performance critical code
LispUnique features - excellent to study programming constructs
AdaALGOL-like programming language, extended from Pascal and others
HaskellStandardized, general-purpose, polymorphically, statically typed language
SchemeGeneral-purpose, functional, language descended from Lisp and Algol
PrologGeneral purpose, declarative, logic programming language
ForthImperative stack-based programming language
ClojureDialect of the Lisp programming language
JuliaHigh-level, high-performance language for technical computing
SQLAccess and manipulate data held in a relational database management system
ErlangGeneral-purpose, concurrent, declarative, functional language
VimLPowerful scripting language of the Vim editor
OCamlGeneral-purpose, powerful, high-level language
AwkVersatile language designed for pattern scanning and processing
RacketPlatform for programming language design and implementation
BASICFamily of general-purpose, high-level programming languages
CoffeeScriptA very succinct programming language that transcompiles into JavaScript
LaTeXProfessional document preparation system and document markup language
ElixirRelatively new functional language that runs on the Erlang virtual machine
DartClient-optimized programming language for fast apps
ABAPAdvanced Business Application Programming
F#General purpose, strongly typed, multi-paradigm language. Part of ML
ChapelParallel-programming language in development at Cray Inc.
DylanMulti-paradigm language, supports functional & object-oriented programming
DGeneral-purpose systems programming language with a C-like syntax
SolidityObject-oriented, high-level language for implementing smart contracts
XMLSet of rules for defining semantic tags that describe the structure and meaning
ValaObject-oriented language with a self-hosting compiler that generates C code
ECMAScriptBest known as the language embedded in web browsers
KotlinStatically typed, general-purpose programming language with type inference
TypeScriptStrict syntactical superset of JavaScript, adding optional static typing
MarkdownPlain text formatting syntax designed to be easy-to-read and easy-to-write
PikeInterpreted, general-purpose, high-level, cross-platform, dynamic language
HTMLHyperText Markup Language
FactorDynamic stack-based language
Objective-CGeneral purpose language which is a superset of C
Standard MLOne of the two main dialects of the ML language
AliceEducational language with an integrated development environment
AgdaDependently typed functional language based on intuitionistic type theory
IconHigh-level, general-purpose language
PureScriptSmall strongly, statically typed language with expressive types
TclDynamic language based on concepts of Lisp, C, and Unix shells
EiffelObject-oriented language
ClojureScriptCompiler for Clojure that targets JavaScript
QMLHierarchical declarative language for user interface layout with a syntax to JSON
VHDLVery High Speed Integrated Circuit Hardware Description Language
OpenCLOpen Computing Language
ElmFunctional language that compiles to JavaScript
HamlHTML Abstraction Markup Language
JArray programming language based primarily on APL
LabVIEWDesigned to enable domain experts to build power systems quickly
HackFor the HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM), created as a dialect of PHP
ImbaFull-stack language that compiles to performant JavaScript
VStatically typed compiled language to build maintainable software
PostScriptPage description language in electronic and desktop publishing
ArduinoInexpensive, flexible, open source microcontroller platform
Share this article

Share your Thoughts

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.