There are various development tools available to create applications in the Windows environment. In this book, we will focus on creating OpenGL applications using Visual C++ from Microsoft Visual Studio 2013, given its extensive documentation and support.
In this section, we outline the steps to install Visual Studio 2013.
We assume that you have already installed Windows 7.0 or higher. For optimal performance, we recommend that you get a dedicated graphics card, such as NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, and have at least 10 GB of free disk space as well as 4 GB of RAM on your computer. Download and install the latest driver for your graphics card.