Pigs do actually fly!

Well, we finished the Computer Graphics project!

Take a look at some of the photos on the page about it!

It took more than a couple of nights in the Uni Linux labs to complete, but we managed it.

This was Vasileios’ first time using Git, and to be quite honest, I don’t think we could have done this without using some form of version control software. Other groups were messing around trying to dig the latest files out of each other’s home directories, which is a rather bad way of doing it. Git handled all of that for us automatically.

OpenGL is quite an interesting bit of software too, I’d not expected it to be quite so straight-forward. It’s simply a case of saying what you want to draw, giving it a set of vertices, and then telling it to draw them. You then can apply mathematical transformations to the set of vertices, and draw more vertices and transform those to build your final model. By using the matrix stack and some clever modelling techniques such as scene graphs, you can (for example) draw an apple, move it onto a tree, then move the entire tree plus apple to where you want it.

It’s been a very interesting project, even if the final rush and the heaps of documentation (read: 78 pages) that needed to be written almost overnight made me hate the module.