by Patrick Cozzi, a guest blogger
(I was corresponding with Patrick and found he knew way too much about WebGL, so asked him to write something down. – Eric)
- Learning WebGL – Giles Thomas does a great job reporting the latest WebGL news and demos in his WebGL around the net posts.
- WebGL Camp is a mini WebGL conference. There have been four in the bay area, one in Orlando, and one in Switzerland. Videos, slides, and demos for all of them are online. Of particular interest is the WebGL game engine, turbulenz: slides • video.
- There are a few intro books including WebGL Beginner’s Guide by Diego Cantor and Brandon Jones, and WebGL: Up and Running by Tony Parisi. I haven’t read them, but the authors are well respected in the WebGL community.
- Our new book, OpenGL Insights, has 15 chapters related to WebGL, including a sample chapter, The ANGLE Project: Implementing OpenGL ES 2.0 on Direct3D by Daniel Koch and Nicolas Capens, that describes ANGLE, the default WebGL implementation on Windows in Chrome and Firefox.
- The WebGL BOF, organized by Ken Russell, will have a series of five-minute lighting talks with a focus on demos, including a Cesium demo I’m giving. Last year the room was packed – people standing, sitting on the floor, and crowding around the door. Let’s hope the room is a lot bigger this year.
- Graphics Programming for the Web is a timely new course by Pushkar Joshi, Mikaël Bourges-Sévenier, Ken Russell, and Zhenyao Mo covering WebGL and other relavant HTML5 techniques. It sounds like it will be pretty broad, which is great for C++ developers like me that recently started to pretend to be web developers.
- Although not WebGL-specific, I’ll be at the Rest 3D BOF organized by Rémi Arnaud. I’ll even miss part of Beyond Programmable Shading for it. Rest 3D is defining a REST API for accessing 3D content over HTTP. If it gets widespread adoption from content providers, WebGL apps using the API will have access to a ton of content, which is a big win for everyone.
Need to convince management/leads to consider WebGL?
- WebGL browser support is increasing. Check out the WebGL Stats by Florian Bösch. It currently reports that 65.6% of desktop browsers across all OSes support WebGL. (more stats for Firefox here).
- The WebGL Inspector by Ben Vanik allows us to step through WebGL calls or just draw calls, and view textures, buffers, shaders, and the current state – think gDEBugger for WebGL. I like to use it as a sanity check to make sure we are not making too many draw calls or loading too many textures.
- Our WebGL Report uses a pipeline diagram to display the system’s WebGL capabilities such as maximum texture size and number of texture image units.