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Hi! I´m planning to learn OpenGL soon and I´d like to know which books would you recommend me to start with. I´m quite fluent at C/C++ and have some experience with DirectX (no Direct3D, though). I have been doing some research at Amazon and ''OpenGL Game Programming'' and ''The Red Book'' seem like a good choice. ‘Computer Graphics using OpenGL’ looks nice, too. Anyway, what do you guys recommend me? Thanks!

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the red book is free online

I tried to code, but the compiler kept giving me an error: stupid coder alert.

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quote:
‘Computer Graphics using OpenGL’ looks nice, too


This book from what I remember (been a while since I last saw it) mainly focuses on the maths behind graphics, rather than using OpenGL to accomplish the rendering of graphics. I suggest OpenGL Game Programming and the Red Book.

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Definitely go with ''OpenGL Game Programming.'' It would be pretty difficult for a beginner (like I was, who had trouble getting started with it). But since you already have a good amount of experience with C/C++ and DirectX, you can jump right in and not get caught up in the Windows programming stuff in the beginning, like messages and stuff (which is a little tricky for a first-time Windows programmer).

Anyway, OGL Game Programming covers a breadth of OGL topics. Although some subjects could be covered in greater detail, it does its job well, and will be a tremendous learning experience for you.

Also, don''t forget to look at NeHe''s site (http://nehe.gamedev.net/) for OpenGL tutorials ranging from setting up a simple window to more complex topics, like bump mapping and cel-shading.

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I believe I''m thinking of the right "Computer Graphics Using OpenGL"... If so, then I''d say it''s a great book if you''re looking to really understand the math behind the graphics. It goes into some fractal stuff, splines and equations for using them, etc.. Also a great section on creating a pretty decent raytracer.

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Ok people, thanks for the advice! I think I´ll get OpenGL game programming and check the link that hpotter2 suggested. Thanks!

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