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OpenGL® Shading Language, Second Edition by Randi J. Rost

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Foreword to the First Edition

This book is an amazing measure of how far and how fast interactive shading has advanced. Not too many years ago, procedural shading was something done only in offline production rendering, creating some of the great results we all know from the movies, but were not anywhere close to interactive. Then a few research projects appeared, allowing a slightly modified but largely intact type of procedural shading to run in real time. Finally, in a rush, widely accessible commercial systems started to support shading. Today, we’ve come to the point where a real-time shading language developed by a cross-vendor group of OpenGL participants has achieved official designation as an OpenGL Architecture Review Board approved ...

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