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Joshnathan    124
Hi all, I am quite new to programming (although I now start to know a little bit about c++) and I was just asking myself when I should start Programming in OpenGL. Would I have to finish all the tutorials I can get on c++ or would it be a good idea to start when you know the basics of c++? Hope you guys can help me out here, Joshua

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Solias    564
OpenGL is actually pure C, so you don't need to learn all the details of C++ before you start working with it. However graphics programming is an advanced topic and you want to make sure you have a strong grasp of general programming techniques and feel comfortable with your language before you jump in too deep. If you feel confident in your skills, especially if you came from another language or have been working in C, then I'd say you are ready to at least start with opengl. You are going to want to keep learning your language at the same time however, along with common algorithims and data structures, because when it comes time to actually make a game you'll need that too.

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carb    139
"You need to learn to walk before you can run."

That's a common saying around these forums, and true of life in general, let alone programming. Get your feet wet in a few more areas before tackling OpenGL and 3D programming; if you're still feeling antsy, try fooling around in 2D with SDL or something similar. It's very easy to get swept up in tutorials believing you can accomplish more than you're capable of.

Take your time and you'll do better in the long run.

My two cents,
- carb

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Darobat    100
If your still new to it, you'll have a lot of trouble. I've been programmin C++ for 4 years now, and only now am I entering the land of OpenGL. I'd say wait a bit. Make a few games with the console and Win32 first. After you feel you have a strong grasp of the console and Win32, try OpenGL, but don't expect it to be a walk in the park. Eitherway, good luck!

Edit: I just noiced you've been programming for a month so... HOLY CRAP! NO!!! I'd stay with just pure C++ for at LEAST 2 years before even trying OpenGL, but there is no way you'll get it with only 1 month of programming expierence.

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Joshnathan    124
hehe, thx a lot man you just gace me loads of confidence (just joking :) I guess I'lle stick to learning dos and win32 a bit.

Thank you all for responding,

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