My Experience with OpenGL vs Direct3D

November 18, 2014graphicsopengldirect3D

I've struggled a lot with myself over whether I should use OpenGL or Direct3D. There is no blanket answer to this question that anyone can tell you. Both APIs have a very different feel and which one you prefer can only be decided on your own.

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GLDotNet Version 0.6.0

February 19,

I just released GLDotNet Version 0.6.0.


  • **GLDotNet.Toolkit**: Assembly containing simple app framework.
  • **GLDotNet.Objects**: Assembly containing higher level objects such as Texture2D and VertexBuffer.
  • More overloads added to GLContext class.
  • byte and sbyte are now mapped correctly in generated code.
  • Fixed the naming of some functions so as not to include type notation, i.e. Color4u.
  • Decreased the number of enum values output.

Introducing GLDotNet

Today I released a project I've been playing around with for a year or so on Codeplex. It's called GLDotNet. From the project description:

C# wrapper for OpenGL. Partially generated from the OpenGL spec and partially written by hand, the aim is to have a flexible and native feeling C# binding.

I have generated functions from the OpenGL spec excluding 1 or 2 but unfortunately of the generated code is untested. There is a demo project included in the source code. The Github repository is located here:

Getting started with OpenTK

March 29, 2011.netopengl

I started experimenting with OpenTK and I had to look in a few places to put this code together, so I'm posting it here for anyone who might be looking for an easy getting started lesson.

I've set up a window similar to what I've been used to in Xna (CornflowerBlue 4 life). I've also set up a 2D projection matrix and drawn a triangle in a 2D fashion. You'll need to add a reference to the OpenTK assembly for your project in Visual Studio.

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using OpenTK;
using OpenTK.Graphics;
using OpenTK.Graphics.OpenGL;

namespace OpenTKApp1
    public class AppWindow : GameWindow
        public AppWindow()
            this.Title = "OpenTK App 1";
            this.WindowBorder = WindowBorder.Fixed;
            this.ClientSize = new Size(800, 600);            

        protected override void OnRenderFrame(FrameEventArgs e)

            GL.Clear(ClearBufferMask.ColorBufferBit | ClearBufferMask.DepthBufferBit);

            GL.Ortho(0, 800, 600, 0, -1, 1);
            GL.Viewport(0, 0, 800, 600);
            GL.Vertex3(400, 150, 0);
            GL.Vertex3(600, 450, 0);
            GL.Vertex3(200, 450, 0);


        public static void Main()
            AppWindow window = new AppWindow();

OpenTK - Simple Movable Sprite

March 29, 2011.netopengl

I wrote my second OpenTK app. This time I'm drawing a sprite which you can move around the screen using the keyboard. I've included the source code after the jump or you can download it.

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