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[java] Good book for Java 3d game dev?

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I don't use Java 3D at all (I'm more of a JOGL person myself), but I would suggest Killer Game Programming in Java. I haven't read the Java3D chapters, but I have quickly read through some of the other chapters like JOGL and Networking and they seemed good. There is also the Java 3D tutorial--although it is somewhat old.

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You should try to avoid Java 3D. You should use JMonkey Engine or Xith3D. There are others also. A search on java 3d scenegraph should find them.

[Edited by - CaptainJester on January 8, 2008 10:52:36 AM]

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I think I'll try to look into some JOGL 3D to see how that goes. I also have run through Sun's Java 3D tutorial, it has a lot of information on the classes and what not, but I can see it being out dated.

[Edited by - agm_ultimatex on January 8, 2008 3:21:11 PM]

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Like everyone else suggested, try to avoid Java3D. I recommend looking at how 3d programming works and start out writing software rendering apps. Then apply that knowledge with various opengl bindings such as LWJGL. A very good book that teaches this is Developing Games in Java By: David Brackeen

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I recommend looking at how 3d programming works and start out writing software rendering apps. Then apply that knowledge with various opengl bindings such as LWJGL.

By 3d rendering apps, do you mean simple animations and so forth? I've done a bit of OpenGl/C++ stuff in the past fall semester. Make simple shapes such as a bunch of squares positioned to be a dog and such.

Also, is JOGL capable of running as an applet without having to download a seperate package or anything?

[Edited by - agm_ultimatex on January 8, 2008 6:18:28 PM]

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Also, is JOGL capable of running as an applet without having to download a seperate package or anything?


Depends on what you mean by download. Here's my applet, you DO download libraries at the beginning (specifically jogl and gluegen) but no. there is no need to make your users download and install other libraries.

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Maybe you can try to look at this one 'Developing Games in Java, by David Backeen'.

This book is divided into 2 big parts, 2d stuff and 3d stuff. Along the way you learn up from the ground, this book teach you to create your game engine.

I think it is very that you try to create your own engine first, just before look to use other ones. :)

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