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    OpenGL tutorials

    Hello. I want to start working with OpenGL. Can you please tell me where I can download it and give me some tutorials?

    Thank you

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    In most cases, you've already got everything you need if you've got a compiler installed.
    http://nehe.gamedev.net is arguably the best place to start.
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    Well I looked into thier tutorials, and it is said that the code was written back in 1997. So, it worries me a bit. I just can't use something that old. For me, everything has to be new.
    Due to that I was hoping you would give me another website.

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    I'm pretty sure everyone here would say nehe is still a damn good place to start / the best. To be honest I'm not sure what has changed (extensions?) since '97.
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    Those tutorials still apply. They are good for learning the opengl api, and everything in there is valid.

    Start out with that.

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    The tutorials on nehe.gamedev.net are good, but they lack explanation in my opinion.

    It somehow feels like I'm reading a cookbook:

    use this function first,
    afterwards add a pinch of rotation now...

    But I guess every tutorial will be like that, if they have to explain everything that is going on and why this first and then that... they are writing a book rather then a tutorial...

    My point is:

    Do some of the tutorials first, if you like what you see, and if you have an idea of what can be accomplished using openGL, get a book that starts all over again from the beginning but that will give you more background information on the how and why of some things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GanglyLamb
    The tutorials on nehe.gamedev.net are good, but they lack explanation in my opinion.

    It somehow feels like I'm reading a cookbook:

    use this function first,
    afterwards add a pinch of rotation now...

    But I guess every tutorial will be like that, if they have to explain everything that is going on and why this first and then that... they are writing a book rather then a tutorial...

    My point is:

    Do some of the tutorials first, if you like what you see, and if you have an idea of what can be accomplished using openGL, get a book that starts all over again from the beginning but that will give you more background information on the how and why of some things.
    And I recommend http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beginning-Op...995809?ie=UTF8 (if you're in the USA then copy the ISBN from that page and plonk it into amazon.com)
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    I already have that book, I got it because of the reasons already mentioned in my previous post. It's definately what I was looking for when I bought the book.

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    Me too. It's been a great help.
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    I bought a copy sometime ago myself. And then later bought the follow up book as well. http://www.amazon.com/OpenGL-Game-Pr...e=UTF8&s=books

    Quote Originally Posted by ahluka
    (if you're in the USA then copy the ISBN from that page and plonk it into amazon.com)
    Or simply replace the .co.uk with .com.

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    ... Oh yeah, that works too.
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