I'm sure there are already a bunch of questions like this asked, but the constant updating of the OpenGL library throws them all away, and in a month or two, the answers here will be worthless again.
I am ready to start programming in OpenGL using C++. I've got a working compiler (DevCpp; do NOT ask me to switch to VC++, and don't ask me why). Now I'm just looking for a solid tutorial on how to program with OpenGL. My assistant found the tutorial provided by NeHe Productions, but as I've come to find out, it's WAY OUT OF DATE! (although I did pull together a basic window to support an OpenGL canvas)
Then I went online, and found the OpenGL SuperBible, which apparently uses freeglut? But what I'd like to know is whether or not SuperBible 5th edition is up to date any longer. The suggestion to freeglut I found said the latest version was 2.6.0 but now it's 2.8.0!
- Is the OpenGL SuperBible still a good, and fairly up-to-date place to start?
- Is there a better place to go to learn OpenGL?
- Am I allowed to simply store freeglut in the DevCpp include directory (maybe in GL), or is there some important procedure?
- Are there any comments or suggestions that I didn't think to ask since I'm only just beginning?
@dreta cleared some things up for me, so now I have a better idea of what to ask:
I think I'd like to start out with OpenGL using a wrapper library instead of directly accessing OpenGL.
I just think that, for a beginner, it would be easier for me to program and get good results, while I don't yet have to understand all the grimy details (as @stephelton mentioned).
The problem is, I can't find any library that doesn't have undefined references to no longer supported functions. Freeglut sounds operational, but it still uses GLU.
Does anyone know what I can do?
Also, I tried compiling the first SuperBible's source, but I got errors since GLAPI is not being defined as a type, the error originating in the GLU library.
I'd like to use the SuperBible, but I don't know how to fix this.