Creating a Glut project in Visual Studio 2010

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How to create a simple GLUT program in Visual Studio 2010:

Short Version

  1. Create a new Visual C++, Win32 project. Make sure it is an Empty project
  2. Find a simple example from the lecture notes or online. Add the file cube.cpp to the project.
  3. Change the properties of the project:
    1. Add C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0A\Include to the Include Directories
    2. Set the entry point to mainCRTStartup

Long Version

  • From Visual Studio 2010 choose File/New/Project
  • Pick Visual C++, Win32 Project

VS2010File New Project.png

  • Click next to set the Applications Settings
    • Tick the Empty project check box

VS2010Application Settings.png

  • Add a new item to the project. The new item is a cpp file called cube.cpp

VS2010AddNewItem.png

  • Copy the following code into cube.cpp (any glut programme you find should also work)
#include <GL/glut.h>

GLfloat light_diffuse[] = {1.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0};  /* Red diffuse light. */
GLfloat light_position[] = {1.0, 1.0, 1.0, 0.0};  /* Infinite light location. */
GLfloat n[6][3] = {  /* Normals for the 6 faces of a cube. */
  {-1.0, 0.0, 0.0}, {0.0, 1.0, 0.0}, {1.0, 0.0, 0.0},
  {0.0, -1.0, 0.0}, {0.0, 0.0, 1.0}, {0.0, 0.0, -1.0} };
GLint faces[6][4] = {  /* Vertex indices for the 6 faces of a cube. */
  {0, 1, 2, 3}, {3, 2, 6, 7}, {7, 6, 5, 4},
  {4, 5, 1, 0}, {5, 6, 2, 1}, {7, 4, 0, 3} };
GLfloat v[8][3];  /* Will be filled in with X,Y,Z vertexes. */

void
drawBox(void)
{
  int i;

  for (i = 0; i < 6; i++) {
    glBegin(GL_QUADS);
    glNormal3fv(&n[i][0]);
    glVertex3fv(&v[faces[i][0]][0]);
    glVertex3fv(&v[faces[i][1]][0]);
    glVertex3fv(&v[faces[i][2]][0]);
    glVertex3fv(&v[faces[i][3]][0]);
    glEnd();
  }
}

void
display(void)
{
  glClear(GL_COLOR_BUFFER_BIT | GL_DEPTH_BUFFER_BIT);
  drawBox();
  glutSwapBuffers();
}

void init(void)
{
  /* Setup cube vertex data. */
  v[0][0] = v[1][0] = v[2][0] = v[3][0] = -1;
  v[4][0] = v[5][0] = v[6][0] = v[7][0] = 1;
  v[0][1] = v[1][1] = v[4][1] = v[5][1] = -1;
  v[2][1] = v[3][1] = v[6][1] = v[7][1] = 1;
  v[0][2] = v[3][2] = v[4][2] = v[7][2] = 1;
  v[1][2] = v[2][2] = v[5][2] = v[6][2] = -1;

  /* Enable a single OpenGL light. */
  glLightfv(GL_LIGHT0, GL_DIFFUSE, light_diffuse);
  glLightfv(GL_LIGHT0, GL_POSITION, light_position);
  glEnable(GL_LIGHT0);
  glEnable(GL_LIGHTING);

  /* Use depth buffering for hidden surface elimination. */
  glEnable(GL_DEPTH_TEST);

  /* Setup the view of the cube. */
  glMatrixMode(GL_PROJECTION);
  gluPerspective( /* field of view in degree */ 40.0,
    /* aspect ratio */ 1.0,
    /* Z near */ 1.0, /* Z far */ 10.0);
  glMatrixMode(GL_MODELVIEW);
  gluLookAt(0.0, 0.0, 5.0,  /* eye is at (0,0,5) */
    0.0, 0.0, 0.0,      /* center is at (0,0,0) */
    0.0, 1.0, 0.);      /* up is in positive Y direction */ 

  /* Adjust cube position to be asthetic angle. */
  glTranslatef(0.0, 0.0, -1.0);
  glRotatef(60, 1.0, 0.0, 0.0);
  glRotatef(-20, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0);
}

int main(int argc, char **argv)
{
  glutInit(&argc, argv);
  glutInitDisplayMode(GLUT_DOUBLE | GLUT_RGB | GLUT_DEPTH);
  glutCreateWindow("red 3D lighted cube");
  glutDisplayFunc(display);
  init();
  glutMainLoop();
  return 0;             /* ANSI C requires main to return int. */
}
  • From Project Properties find Include Directories and add C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0A\Include

VS2010Include.png VS2010IncludeF.png

  • Go to Project Properties/Configuration Properties/Linker/Advanced/Entry Point
  • Set the Entry Point to mainCRTStartup

VS2010EntryPoint.png

  • Click the green arrow [Start Debugging] to compile and run