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It depends on your motivation but if you really want to learn about graphics programming (as opposed to learning an API) then I think the best way to do so is to remove any API from the picture. There is an absolutely phenomenal book that does just this: Andre LaMothe's 'Tricks of the 3D Game Programming Gurus'. It was published in 2003 but when you remove APIs from the picture it's just as relevant today and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

The book starts with little more than plotting a pixel on the screen. By the end you'll have a complete lit, shaded, 3D game engine that you've written entirely from scratch. And in the process you will learn absolutely everything that goes into it.

And one thing I'd add is that this might sound somewhat overwhelming but it's really not. The book is extremely well written and clearly was a labor of love. If you get some pleasure out of math and code, you'll have no technical troubles working your way through the book and in the end will be rewarded with an intimate, flexible understanding of graphics development that won't be hamstrung by dependence on a specific API.

[1] - https://www.amazon.com/Tricks-Programming-Gurus-Advanced-Gra...




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