Chapter 1. Getting Started with SDL

Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL) is a cross-platform multimedia library created by Sam Oscar Latinga. It provides low-level access to input (via mouse, keyboard, and gamepads/joysticks), 3D hardware, and the 2D video frame buffer. SDL is written in the C programming language, yet has native support for C++. The library also has bindings for several other languages such as Pascal, Objective-C, Python, Ruby, and Java; a full list of supported languages is available at http://www.libsdl.org/languages.php.

SDL has been used in many commercial games including World of Goo, Neverwinter Nights, and Second Life. It is also used in emulators such as ZSNES, Mupen64, and VisualBoyAdvance. Some popular games ported to Linux ...

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