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Ben Burt

C++ beginner to OpenGL

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I am a C#/PHP guy so I don't need to learn from scratch as I know how to do a lot of the loops/conditionals and all of the "basic" stuff thats reasonably common across languages.

What I am looking to do is learn C++ from (almost) scratch right up to using OpenGL with the ultimate aim of making a Game (starting small with something like a pong/tetris/mario clone).

I am looking for some advice from the good people here about what they would recomend is needed to be known of C++ before moving on to learning OpenGL and also some recomendations of tutorials/books/videos etc...

I know "The New Boston" does some good C++ videos and I have been following his videos. I also heard of NeHe but know that a lot if not all of the staff there is outdated.
I've also got a copy of the "C++ Through Game Programming" by Michal Dawson.

Many Thanks in advance,

Ben

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Thank you to everyone so far for the amazing and detailed replies.

@Eck: Funny you mention trying to convert an entire C# project over to C++ as at my job as a software engineer I'm doing the opposite (C++ to C#) which is part of the initial spur to learn C++ so that I can understand better what the existing code is doing and how it's doing it. Mostly at the moment I've been looking up individual functions and learning what they do but in isolation.

 

 

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