"It's impossible to underestimate the importance of the intersection of two technologies: real-time graphics and Apple's mobile platform," says expert developer and author Philip Rideout. "This is the only book that fits perfectly into both worlds. Many of the skills and techniques covered in the book can be applied to other mobile platforms which might become more relevant in the future, including Android."
With iPhone 3D Programming, you'll build several graphics programs--progressing from simple to more complex examples--that focus on lighting, textures, blending, augmented reality, optimization for performance and speed, and much more. All you need to get started is a solid understanding of C++ and a great idea for an app.
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"This book can be used with any device that runs the iPhone operating system," Rideout continues. "This includes the iPod Touch, and most importantly, the iPad. The iPad, with its much larger visual real estate, opens up a whole new space for mobile graphics applications, and its recent release coincides quite well with the book."
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Philip Rideout (@prideout) has years of professional experience with the OpenGL ES API at NVIDIA, where his primary duty has been developing tools for the API. Philip has over ten years of computer graphics experience, and has worked at several pioneering graphics companies, including Intergraph, 3DLabs, and NVIDIA. Philip currently works at Medical Simulation Corporation in Denver, developing graphically-rich training software for heart surgeons.
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