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    good books on openGL... I want to learn to be able to use it for 3D game programming but i havent been able to find a good book on it yet.. The one that ive found uses another library created by the people that made the boook to make things easier

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamort View Post
    good books on openGL... I want to learn to be able to use it for 3D game programming but i havent been able to find a good book on it yet.. The one that ive found uses another library created by the people that made the boook to make things easier
    Yeah, a lot of people do that and I find it really irritating too. Stay away from the OpenGL SuperBible -- it should be called the RickWrightGL SuperBible ("You don't need to learn quarterions -- just use my toolkit from the included CD".)

    Anyway, one book found that has impressed me altho I have not read that much of it is More OpenGL Game Programming. Supposedly it is the third volume, the first two are:

    Amazon.com: Beginning OpenGL Game Programming, Second Edition (9781598635287): Luke Benstead: Books
    Amazon.com: OpenGL Game Programming w/CD (Prima Tech's Game Development) (0086874533301): Kevin Hawkins, Dave Astle, Andre LaMothe: Books

    The thing I like about the "More" one (which I assume the other two are like this too) is that every chapter has a specific focus and is by a different author, my impression is the editor picked them and the topic as it is still pretty well organized.

    Anyway, you are not stuck with one person's perspective on technical writing this way. The "More" one is neat, C/C++, covers techniques like VBO's and shaders, reflections, billboarding, sky domes, stuff I will never understand, terrain mapping, 3D modelling and animation, etc.

    If you are still getting the hang of GL looks like the Beginning one starts off with a few chapters just for that.
    C programming resources:
    GNU C Function and Macro Index -- glibc reference manual
    The C Book -- nice online learner guide
    Current ISO draft standard
    CCAN -- new CPAN like open source library repository
    3 (different) GNU debugger tutorials: #1 -- #2 -- #3
    cpwiki -- our wiki on sourceforge

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