- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: AuthorHouse (November 2, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 142080362X
- ISBN-13: 978-1420803624
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,763,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learning Java Bindings for OpenGL (JOGL)
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About the Author
Gene Davis has been programming professionally since 1996 with many years of Java experience. He currently works in the programming industry, writes fiction and programming tutorials, and runs two websites: www.genedavis.com and www.genedavissoftware.com. He resides in Woods Cross, Utah with his wife and children.
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When he does get to JOGL, he leaves it up to the reader to figure out how to install it -- a non-trivial matter particularly for beginners, his intended audience. Instead of providing an outline or at least a link to up to date installation method, he provides a link to someone else's site which contains an outdated version.
When you finally get to the content of the book, you are assaulted with examples. Examples are good, but the explanations here are mediocre. He often only explains a specific and very limited example leaving any creativity or real knowledge in a far of fantasy land of "the advanced JOGL programmer."
What's worse, the examples are constantly rehashing previous examples. Building on past work is great, but we don't need to see the past work over and over and over. Code presented in the first example gets reprinted in *every* example in the entire book. A third of the book must be reprints of that example. Good grief.
Though he aims for the "beginner" he mixes in unneeded and sometimes overly complicated routines. A prime example is his "centerWindow(...)" method. It does more than it claims (it also resizes the window in some cases) and does the centering in a way that is not going to be obvious to the beginner (shifting bits rather than multiplying ... yes, more efficient, but is it really neccessary here? NO).
The first three chapters of this book are online on the author's website (genedavissoftware.com). I recommend you read the first chapter (you'll get everything he teaches about JOGL) and skip buying this one.
The author deserves a little credit for trying to make the material more enjoyable; appropriate for a beginner book. However, he is too condescending and fails to present anything of particular value. Hopefully the next book will be a little more on target.