These tutorials focus mainly on OpenGL, Win32 programming and the ODE physics engine. OpenGL has moved on to great heights and I don't cover the newest features but cover all of the basic concepts you will need with working example programs.
Working with the Win32 API is a great way to get to the heart of Windows and is just as relevant today as ever before. Whereas ODE has been marginalized as hardware accelerated physics becomes more common.
Games and graphics utilities can be made quickly and easily using game engines like Unity so this and Linux development in general will be the focus of my next tutorials.
Where To Next?
By Alan Baylis
Do you remember the days when knowing how to hand code HTML was the mark of a web guru? If you knew how to make a waving flag using a sine function then you were an elite programmer. Everyone was fascinated by spinning cubes with pictures of their family or pets on each face. But times have moved on. To give you an example of how much things have changed I have posted a list of some of the languages, APIs and tools that I have used.
6510 microprocessor (C64) asm
ODE Physics Library
Getback (joystick operated C64 assembler written by me)
Define (x86 assembler/disassembler written by me)
Borland C++ Builder
Macromedia Flash & Dreamweaver
FreeWorld Editor (world editor written by me)
Competently used hundreds of other applications
General Computer Skills Used:
CD/DVD Data Backups
Installed & Configured 100s of games, patches and mods
Completed 100s of games (recovering gameaholic)
Object Orientated Programming
Program Design & Implementation
Search Engine Optimization
Website Administrator (5 years personal, 9 months contracted)
And for all this effort I have made a grand total of $25 as a programmer.
I'll just repeat that. I have earned exactly $25 (US) from programming. This excludes working as a freelance web developer and the occasional computer repairs, which is something most programmers have to fall back on to make a living. Of course I could have just added some pay-per-click advertising on my website and hope that more than 5% of people click through but this isn't practical with such a specialist subject like programming tutorials. Not to mention that I do not want to subject my visitors to the combined data gathering capabilities of GoogleAds, Amazon, eBay, PayPal and the like.
To compound matters, I have a high school education and have no formal education in programming. This of course is seen as a negative, but I beg to differ. I began programming late and I was self motivated enough to try for something better than manual laboring, and, for all intents and purposes, achieved a very high level of skill. If we were to compare how far I have come with that of a typical student then I feel that I have put in a supreme effort. And to this day I have received no recognition from any educational institution and don't expect to any time soon; though a couple of schools have asked to use my tutorials in their classes and a few more have done so without asking.
The IT job section at my local employment agency is grayed out and unavailable. There are simply no IT jobs to list. In order to even be considered for a programming related job (ideally long distance) I will now have to pay over $16,000 dollars and invest four years of my time to get a piece of paper that confirms to some recruiting personnel that I do indeed know what I know.
I know I'm not alone in this situation, most IT resumes read like a small book these days and there are some incredibly gifted people in the field of computer programming that also can't find employment, but I'm no crack addict either. What really annoys me is that if I was to run a hundred meters in under ten seconds or could consistently put a ball through some sort of goal then I would be a household name in Australia and worth a fortune.
At least I can say that I was there at the beginning :)
See you after I get edjamacated.