OpenGL, which has been bound in C, is a seasoned graphics library for scientists and
engineers. As we know, Java is a rapidly growing language becoming the de facto
standard of Computer Science learning and application development platform as
many undergraduate computer science programs are adopting Java in place of C/C++.
Released by Sun Microsystems in June 2003, the recent OpenGL binding with Java,
JOGL, provides students, scientists, and engineers a new venue of graphics learning,
research, and applications.
This new text/reference is a shortcut to graphics theory and programming using JOGL, a new vehicle of 3D graphics programming in Java. It covers all graphics basics and several advanced topics, without including some implementation details that are not necessary in graphics applications. It also covers some basic concepts in Java programming for C/C++ programmers. Specifically, it covers OpenGL programming in Java, using JOGL, along with concise computer graphics theories.
The book is designed as an excellent shortcut for scientists and engineers who understand Java programming to learn 3D graphics, and will serve nearly as well as a concise 3D graphics textbook for students who know programming basics already. Moreover, it is a good reference for C/C++ graphics programmers to learn Java and JOGL. It is recommended for readers who know basic vector analysis and programming already.