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Useful Tools & Resources (WORK IN PROGRESS)

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These are all links to external and publicly available sources, no guarantees / responsibility inferred. If there are resources you like and would like to recommend, post them on the Discord and mention r_vdw.

Windows productivity apps

Name Description Link What's so great?
FrHed Versatile binary file / hex editor
HxD Good freeware hex and disk editor Slidytip
ShareX Screen capture / file sharing
Notepad++ Source code editor and Notepad replacement
Codeshare Handy tool to share code snippets Self destructs in 24 hrs
Gimp Cross-platform image editor (GNU/Linux,OS X,Windows,... -
Krita Open source painting program AP tip
Pyxel Edit Pixel art editor (make tilesets, levels,animations) by Daniel Kvarfordt AP tip
Vim Source code editor, the real shit Will make you shit bricks real good
Sublimle Text Text editor for code, markup and prose Very versatile
Audacity Audio Digital multi-track audio grabbing/recording/editing Open source, dev in C/C++
Tiled Flexible tiled map editor

Online compiling / testing / visualization

Name Description Link What's so great?
Godbolt's Compiler Explorer by Matt Godbolt Analyze and compare the way C++ code compiles across different compilers
Ideone Online compiler and debugger (~60 languages)
Wandbox Online compilation service
REPL it In-browser IDE, 50+ languages
Data structure and algorithm visualization USFCA / CS / David Galles see it and you'll understand
Active GitHub Forks See who forked (&last committed) out of date GitHub libs/projects

C++ Libraries

Library / package managers

vcpkg For Windows, Linux, MacOS. Once installed, provides easy include access to many libraries Chili has a vid showing the installation for Visual Studio
NuGet (NuGet Packet Manager is included with Visual Studio >= 2017) Chili has a vid showing its use in Visual Studio

Game tooling / engines

Name Description Link What's so great?
SFML Simple and Fast Multimedia Library Easy to use, good functionality. Chili grabs it in Intermediate 25 (I25)
Eigen C++ template library for linear algebra chilitip


nlohmann/json JSON for modern C++ Look & feel of an STL container (single header file)
pugixml Simple XML parser for C++ with XPath support
fmtlib Open-source formatting library fast/easy, Slidytip


DLib C++ toolkit containing machine learning algorithms

Categorized / aggregation sites

cppreference libraries As suggested by cppreference users
boost C++ libraries boost your shit
Lucid Index Searchable list of useful libraries (self hosted)

Reference sites

Name Description Link What's so great? Most comprehensve reference site Hardccore Good reference site Softcore
Stack Overflow Good reference site Very active community
ISOcpp The home of standard C++ For those purists

Literature (books, blogs, papers, written shit)

Programming Fundamentals

Name Description Link What's so great?
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs by Harold Abelson et al. (2nd ed. 1996), MIT Press Just a classic
Clean Code by Robert C. Martin (14th ed. 2015), Prentice Hall Sample chapter, then just buy it

C++ Fundamentals

C++ Primer, 5th Edition by Stanley B. Lippman et al Standard work, rewritten for C++11. Approachable for beginners
Learn C++ by Alex Good solid intro, very well done
C++ Core Guidelines by Bjarne Stroustrup, Herb Sutter Pure discipline, by the masters themselves
C++ Weekly by Jason Turner Hard core but very good
C++ Templates: The Complete Guide (2nd Edition) by David Vandevoorde et al Cybotip
Programming Abstractions in C++ by Eric S. Roberts (2012), Stanford CS106B Google using filetype:pdf Solid and well thought through intro to C++. Excellent for understanding all fundamentals of data structures (incl. more advanced like graph, trees) and algorithms

C++ Peculiarities

Exploring std::string Nice blog that looks under the hood a tip from Slidy

Game programming

Game Programming Patterns by Robert Nystrom Contains lots of different coding patterns and describes them in detail
Game Engine Architecture by Jason Gregory (3rd ed. 2018) Talks about various components that make up a game engine and how they tie together

3D Computer Graphics

The Book of Shaders by Patricio Gonzalez Vivo and Jen Lowe (pdf can be generated)
Tricks of the 3D Game Programming Gurus by André LaMothe, 2003 Google using filetype:pdf lagout
Mathematics for 3D Game Programming and Computer Graphics by Eric Lengyel (3rd ed.) Google using filetype:pdf Need those math skills
Essential Mathematics for Games and Interactive Applications: A Programmer’s Guide by James M. Van Verth, Lars M. Bishop (2nd ed.) Google using filetype:pdf Math yo
Vector Math for 3D Computer Graphics Tutorial by Bradley Kjell Demon liked it
Computing Euler angles from a rotation matrix by Gregory G. Slabaugh Chilitip
Coordinate geometry in 3D space by Nabla Ltd. BhayanakMoth tip
D3D/OpenGL tutorial: A trip through the Graphics Pipeline by Fabian Giesen
Learn OpenGL by Joey de Vries Specific to OpenGL but well written and presented (Slidy)
Real-time Rendering by Tomas Akenine-Möller et al (4th ed. 2018) Good reference for learning about a wide variety of topics/techniques used in real-time rendering (Slidy)


DirectX Developer Blog by msft

Operating systems

Modern Operating Systems by Andrew S. Tanenbaum & Herbert Bos (4th ed. 2015) Google using filetype:pdf Standard work

AI / ML / DL

Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming by Peter Norvig Standard work, gotta love common lisp!
Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach by Stuart Russell & Peter Norvig (Pearson Edu Ltd 3rd edition) Standard work
Deep Learning by Goodfellow, Bengio and Courville (MIT Press 2016) Solid intro into machine learning / deep learning

Other good shit


  • "If you're building with warnings, you gotta re-evaluate your life choices" (Int.11.hw)
  • "Get your privates in order"
  • "For those of you who live in weird places that don't have Orios, I feel sorry for you. They look like this, and they are fucking delicious with milk." (Beg.10)
  • "Everything on a computer is a motherfucking number" (Hugs.11)
  • "Don't turn yourself into a pretzel trying to fit all the STL components together to do everything in a single statement" (Int.16.hw)
  • "You can't touch your parents' privates. Don't do it, it's weird" (Int.17.1 on inheritance)
  • “If you have someone’s address, you can fuck with them. Just ask any Twitch streamer” (Int.2 on pointers, tx DownUp)
  • "What do you think you gotta use? Say it with me... std::move()"
  • "With noexcept, the STL will now use your move constructor for great justice" (Int.22 on exceptions)
  • "At the end of this, I'm gonna have a vector of pointers to stationary poos and then over that range I can just randomly select an index and use that pointer to do something with that poo" (STD Gems [Copy/Filter] on std::copy_if)
  • "Unordered map is the college girl of associative containers; I keep getting older and older, they just stay the same age" (Int.24.2 on constant time performance)
  • "The other way to identify the mechanism of failure is the 'Bust Your Ass' method" (Advanced 3.2hw, talking about debugging strategies)
  • "SFML is a tool for babies" [because it uses degrees] (Advanced 4.1, going on a rant against the sexagesimal number system)
  • Chili's well researched but rejected proposal for an STL addition can be found here
  • "It is working very sexily, powered under the hood by the matrix representation of transformations" (Adv.5.2)
  • "Today, we are going to confront the crazy self mumbler. We might get ourselves stabbed in the spleen. But a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do" (3D Fundamentals 10, on fixing texture wiggling)
  • "Just ignore the children. That's how you solve most of life's problems as an adult", talking about child contours while playing about with OpenCV (SlideFucker3000, patreon only content)