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OpenGL Data Visualization Cookbook by William C. Y. Lo, Raymond C. H. Lo

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OpenGL primitives

In the simplest terms, primitives are just basic shapes that are drawn in OpenGL. In this section, we will provide a brief overview of the main geometric primitives that are supported by OpenGL and focus specifically on three commonly used primitives (which will also appear in our demo applications): points, lines, and triangles.

Drawing points

We begin with a simple, yet very useful, building block for many visualization problems: a point primitive. A point can be in the form of ordered pairs in 2D, or it can be visualized in the 3D space.

Getting ready

To simplify the workflow and improve the readability of the code, we first define a structure called Vertex, which encapsulates the fundamental elements such as the position and ...

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