Professional WebGL Programming

Everything you need to know about developing hardware-accelerated 3D graphics with WebGL!

As the newest technology for creating 3D graphics on the web, in both games, applications, and on regular websites, WebGL gives web developers the capability to produce eye-popping graphics. This book teaches you how to use WebGL to create stunning cross-platform apps. The book features several detailed examples that show you how to develop 3D graphics with WebGL, including explanations of code snippets that help you understand the why behind the how.

You will also develop a stronger understanding of WebGL development from coverage that:

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of WebGL and shows how it relates to other graphics-related technologies
  • Addresses important topics such as the WebGL graphics pipeline, 3D transformations, texturing and lighting
  • Teaches you how to write vertex shaders and fragment shaders for WebGL
  • Includes a lot of useful guidelines, tips, and tricks for WebGL performance optimizations

Professional WebGL Programming is the first book on the market to delve into this fascinating topic and it puts you on your way to mastering the possibilities that exist with WebGL.

From the Back Cover
Everything you need to know to develop web games and applications with superb hardware-accelerated 3D graphics

Ready to develop web games and applications with the same high-quality, real-time 3D graphics featured in the most popular native apps? Professional WebGL Programming shows you how, getting you up and running in no time with the knowledge and skills you need to create stunning, graphically sophisticated games and web apps that run on most web browsers. Featuring clear, step-by-step guidance, expert tips and skill-building exercises, supplemented with detailed, hands-on development examples, it covers all the bases, including:

  • WebGL basics
  • WebGL versus other graphics technologies
  • Relevant linear algebra
  • Troubleshooting and debugging techniques
  • Drawing with the WebGL API
  • Compact JavaScript Libraries and 3D Transformations
  • Writing vertex shaders and fragment shaders
  • Texturing and lighting
  • Animation and user input
  • OpenGL ES Shading Language
  • WebGL performance optimisation

From WebGL basics to building stunning 3D graphics and animations from the ground up, Professional WebGL Programming is your total guide to taking full advantage of this powerful web development technology.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introducing WEBGL
Chapter 2. Creating Basic Webgl Examples
Chapter 3. Drawing
Chapter 4. Compact Javascript Libraries and Transformations
Chapter 5. Texturing
Chapter 6. Animations and User Input
Chapter 7. Lighting
Chapter 8. WEBGL Performance Optimizations

Book Details

  • Paperback: 361 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox (May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119968860
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119968863
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  1. johnjohnsson says:

    I am the kind of person that likes to read books as a complement to online resources when I really want to learn a new technology. I had some experience from OpenGL before I started with WebGL.

    I have read a few WebGL books and “Professional WebGL Programming” is defenitely the best one I have read. It describes WebGL and 3D graphics in depth, so if you really want to master WebGL I think this is a book you should read.

    Highly recomended!

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