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WebGL

Our topic in February will be WebGL. WebGL brings 3D graphics to the Web by introducing an API that closely conforms to OpenGL ES 2.0 that can be used in HTML5 canvas elements. Find out more about WebGL, what it is and what it can do through examples and demos. Our presenter will be Gregg Tavares, who wrote most of the excellent
http://code.google.co... Gregg has been in the video game industry for most of his life with shipping games from Apple II, Atari 800, C64 days up to PS3 and Xbox 360. He is now on the Chrome GPU team helping to bring WebGL and GPU acceleration to Chrome. From the WebGL Wiki: The immediate mode nature of the API is a divergence from most web APIs. Given the many use cases of 3D graphics, WebGL chooses the approach of providing flexible primitives that can be applied to any use case. Libraries can provide an API on top of WebGL that is more tailored to specific areas, thus adding a convenience layer to WebGL that can accelerate and simplify development. However, because of its OpenGL ES 2.0 heritage, it should be straightforward for developers familiar with modern desktop OpenGL or OpenGL ES 2.0 development to transition to WebGL development.
Agenda * 6:00-7:00pm Dinner and Networking * 7:00-7:30pm Lightning talks * 7:30-8:30pm Gregg Tavares, WebGL * 8:30-9:00pm Q&A

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  • Tom W.

    Gregg's WebGL presentation slides are available here:

    https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dhkjr64s_1frqzxndw&pli=1

    February 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent presenter and presentation. Inspirational.

    February 3, 2011

  • kent

    Good demo and the speaker was very excited about the work. Kept it fun, entertaining and informative

    February 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gregg is very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and articulate. It was a pleasure to hear about and see the future of web graphics. Impressive stuff.

    February 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Learned a lot. Great Presentation!

    February 3, 2011

  • Warren R.

    Informative, however, very much beyond my own experience. It's always good to know what's possible!

    February 3, 2011

  • David W.

    No problems. It was my first meetup. Everyone there was really nice. I felt that some of the topics covered were a bit old, but I'm still pleased with how much was introduced. Well done!!

    February 3, 2011

  • Volker

    Excellent Session, great presenter who really knew the stuff, great demos, thx for the html5 stickers.

    February 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I felt that some of the presentation was a bit lost in the details. However, the demos were excellent, and the speaker had some great energy for WebGL.

    February 3, 2011

  • Yao-Tian W.

    Main presenter kept great pace, spoke at appropriate technical level and kept it moving and interesting with the demos. Very informative and interesting.

    February 3, 2011

  • Tom M.

    Learned a lot about something I had only heard rumors about.
    I have not rated enough talks to give it a five ...considered it.

    February 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really liked the presentation. It was informative as well as thought provoking. Will dive deep into webGL to understand its potential and see if I can use it some of my projects.

    February 3, 2011

  • Nick Z.

    The stuff that can be achieved with WebGL and HTML5 is awe-inspiring and the web will be reborn better than ever. I am totally stoked and began hacking with WebGL last night. Thanks to everyone for putting on such a great presentation!

    February 3, 2011

  • Chacko N

    Excellent! Very informative! Good learning experience. The speaker really did a good job to match the varying experience levels of the audience!

    February 3, 2011

  • James H.

    Great presentation, some humor! Interesting changes to OpenGL over the years.

    February 3, 2011

  • Peter O.

    Good technical details, good demos.

    February 3, 2011

  • Alan

    The presenter did a fantastic job! Fast, but very informative and well laid out. Incredible wealth of knowledge. I wish I had brought my 11YO son; he would have learned a lot and would have enjoyed it. Maybe the presenter would be willing to do a workshop for kids in the area interested in programming? My son's friends would likely be interested. Maybe advertise it at other local schools as well.

    February 3, 2011

  • Karl P.

    this meeting certainly did top my expectations -- the presentation in the last several meetings are just excellent --- thank you to all of the gtug organizer

    February 3, 2011

  • Hitoshi

    delightful demo. very useful.

    February 3, 2011

  • Kesav Kumar K.

    Awsome demos. Love to see more mainstreaming of WebGL.

    February 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Needs some other space for networking where people can't sit down for a while. Because now as it stands, people just sit down and don't socialize much.

    February 3, 2011

  • Jocelyn H.

    Awesome demos

    February 2, 2011

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