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#1 PhilHalf   Members   -  Reputation: 148

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Posted 09 August 2001 - 01:37 AM

I''ve been trying to learn C++ for a while now and it is finally starting to click. I want to move onto graphics but I''d like more understanding of how to do them. I haven''t started on Windows yet, and I want to learn the why as well as the how. Can anyone recommend any books or sites that might help me? I''m really after the low level stuff so that I can understand how I''m doing it instead of just knowing what to type. Thanks for any help. PhilHalf

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Posted 09 August 2001 - 08:56 AM


DOS / VGA programming is a great place to start if you want to understand the lower level nitty gritty stuff.

DOS is easy to program in (make sure you use a 32 bit compiler though), and the VGA is easy to program for.

However, DOS is dead, so once you get the hang of it, move up in the world.



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Posted 09 August 2001 - 09:41 PM

Thanks for your reply.
I know that DOS is dead and I am only looking for resources to better understand graphics so that I know exactly what a DX/OGL function is doing within a Windows environment.
Are there any sites, or preferably books, that will explain DOS/VGA programming?

Thanks again for any help.

PhilHalf

Edited by - PhilHalf on August 10, 2001 4:43:27 AM

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Posted 09 August 2001 - 10:29 PM

THE Reference for VGA programming: Graphics programming black book (by John Carmack).

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Posted 09 August 2001 - 11:01 PM

Why not use OpenPTC? http://www.gaffer.org/ptc/
It''s very much like DOS/VGA graphics programming, the difference is, it uses Windows.

Really easy, really good. Check it out.

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Posted 09 August 2001 - 11:18 PM

Thanks for your replies.

HiddenInBSP: I couldn''t find the book that you mentioned. Do you have a link to it on any online bookstores?

AP: I''m not after something that''s simple, I''m specifically looking for low level VGA programming in a DOS environment.

Thanks again for any help.

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Posted 09 August 2001 - 11:30 PM

JC didn''t write the Black Book. Michael Abrash did. It''s available for download from Dr Dobbs site (www.ddj.com/) but it''s a tad large (150mb). All you really need is the stuff on polygons that make up the latter half of the book.

My advice is to grab a copy of the OpenGL red book and learn from that. Use GLUT to begin with and when you feel a little more confident break out into full windows. NeHe''s site is a good place to begin.


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