Graphics Gems (Graphics Gems - IBM) Hardcover – 5 Jan 1994
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The GRAPHICS GEMS Series was started in 1990 by Andrew Glassner. The vision and purpose of the Series was - and still is - to provide tips, techniques, and algorithms for graphics programmers. All of the gems are written by programmers who work in the field and are motivated by a common desire to share interesting ideas and tools with their colleagues. Each volume provides a new set of innovative solutions to a variety of programming problems.
About the Author
Andrew Glassner's contributions to computer graphics span 20 years. His work at Microsoft Research, Xerox PARC, the IBM Watson Research Labs, Bell Communications Research, and the Delft University of Technology has produced numerous technical articles on rendering theory and practice, animation, modeling, and new media. He currently creates new computer graphics tools at Microsoft Research. Among his recent work is Chicken Crossing, a 3D animated short film that has been shown internationally at film festivals and on television, and Dead Air, an interactive game for play over the Internet. Dr. Glassner is the author of the two volume bible, Principles of Digital Image Synthesis and 3D Computer Graphics: A Handbook for Artists and Designers. He has also edited An Introduction to Ray Tracing, and created the Graphics Gems series for programmers.
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Are you dealing with limited HW resources and want to create some graphic UI? This book is for you.
As the description says, it's a collection of articles that cover solutions related to geometric problems and graphics techniques. It is wonderful for browsing and becoming exposed to little tricks and tips, or just seing the types of problems that people have solved that you never even knew existed. The way I learned to appreciate this book was browsing through it in a bookstore. I didn't have the money at the time to buy it (in college). Later, at work, I needed to solve a geometric problem, and I remembered that this book has an article on the problem I was solving. I went out and bought it, and have since refered to it on many occasions, including writing my own geometry-related book, "3D Math Primer for Graphics and Games Development."
My four-star rating is based on a buyer in today's market. As I mentioned, I own the entire series and have worn the pages to bits. At the time it was first published, I would have given it 5 stars without a doubt. However, some of the material is related to problems that are not important problems for many programmers anymore, such as software rasterization. At the time, some of the material was very new and this book was one of the few places to find it. However, since then, most of it has been well covered in more up-to-date graphics or "geometry toolbox" books that offer better diagrams and clearer explanations. Also, the sample code is old-school style C code and a bit messy in my opinion. It's probably not a good book for learning, either.
In summary, this book, like any "Gem" book, is great for browsing and becoming exposed to concepts. However, for today's buyer, I think there are better alternatives that should be purchased before this book. Real-Time Rendering is a good survey of graphics techniques. Eberly has written some good books for geometry toolbox. For learning, I'd recommend my book of course! But this still is a great classic and many experienced programmers have it on their shelf.