# Using Dynamic Link Libraries (DLL) to Create Plug-Ins

In this article I will describe how to use Dynamic Link Libraries (DLL) in your own projects. I will show an example of how to define a DLL that is statically linked at compile-time to support implicit loading of the DLL at runtime. I will also show how to to use explicit DLL loading to allow your project to support plug-ins that can be dynamically loaded into your main executable at run-time. For this example, I will use Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2008 as the programming IDE.

# Loading and Animating MD5 Models with OpenGL

Bob with Lamp

In this article, I will show how you can load and animate models loaded from the MD5 model file format.  In this article I will use OpenGL to render the models.  I will not show how to setup an OpenGL application in this article. If you need to get a quick introduction on setting up an OpenGL application, you can follow the “Beginning OpenGL for Game Programmers” article [here].

# Introduction to OpenGL for Game Programmers

OpenGL

In this article I will demonstrate a basic introduction in OpenGL. It will be in tutorial format that the reader can follow along on their own. The final result should be a working template that can be used to create your own projects using OpenGL.

# 3D Math Primer for Game Programmers (Vector Operations)

Distance between two points (3)

In this article I would like to discuss operations on vectors.  This article assumes the reader has a basic knowledge of what vectors are and how they are represented. My goal here is simply to refresh your memory about what kind of operations can be performed on vectors specifically operations that are important if you are trying to create a 3D game engine.

# 3D Math Primer for Game Programmers (Matrices)

The Matrix

In this article, I will discuss matrices and operations on matrices. It is assumed that the reader has some experience with Linear Algebra, vectors, operations on vectors, and a basic understanding of matrices.

# 3D Math Primer for Game Programmers (Coordinate Systems)

Left-hand Rule

In this article, I would like to provide a brief math primer for people who would like to get involved in game programming.  This is not an exhaustive explanation of all the math theory that one will have to know in order to be a successful game programmer, but it’s the very minimum amount of information that is necessary to know before you can begin as a game programmer.

This article assumes you have a minimum understanding vectors, and matrices.  I will simply show applications of vectors and matrices and how they apply to game programming.