openGL or active x for drawing 3d

I'd like to make my programming easier by using openGL or some active x to allow me to draw surfaces (square planes) and do rotation.
The reason that I don't want to do the transformations by myself is that its hard to draw planes that intersect.
I've tried:
and some other free dll's.
but I could not get them to work.
They complain about the missing glaux,glu,...
and then i realized that these are no longer in vb 2008, ...i tried to fix the errors, but there are still errors such as "Error spawning 'cmd.exe'."
Could you please submit a vb net 2008 code that actually works to draw a simple plane?
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ikeworkConnect With a Mentor Commented:
hi kouroshparsa

if you want to start learning opengl, nehe has a lot of good tutorials, from first stepsto advanced technics, plus they have all tutorials as projects to download, so you dont have to worry about that. nehe is here:

i recommend you to read particulary the first lessons ..

if you have any question, dont hesitate to ask .. :)

kouroshparsaAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the comment.
I actually have looked at that website.
The sample codes do not work on VS Basic 2008 because of the header files:
#include <gl\gl.h>                                    
#include <gl\glu.h>      
#include <gl\glaux.h>
That's what I was talking about.
there is visual basic code at the bottom of each lesson too ..
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kouroshparsaAuthor Commented:
I finally got it working. It needs a CSGL library , and installing the library does not work on vista, so i copied the library to the project folder and linked the project to it.
Fankly, i wish to get to know openGL quickly.

by the way, do you know why we use the "translatef" method to draw something else?
Don't all the shapes use the same coordinate?
>> by the way, do you know why we use the "translatef" method to draw something else?
>> Don't all the shapes use the same coordinate?

"translatef" is used to put an object to its position in 3D-space. imagine you have a chair and a table, you dont want to render them both at the same position, do you?
kouroshparsaAuthor Commented:
no. but still it's ambiguous.
Let's say i want to draw a line from (100,100) to (100,200).

The demo that i downloaded does this:

draws a line from (0,0) to (0,100)
then translates it by <100,100>

so, is there any problem with creating a line object directly from (100,100) to (100,200) in openGL ?
>> so, is there any problem with creating a line object directly from (100,100) to (100,200) in openGL ?

no, you can draw it directly like that
its used to move complex objects like a car. if you want to move and rotate it in the *world*, you can use "translate" and "rotate", without recalculating the cars data (local-coordinates).
all you have to *recalculate* in order to move it, are the parameters for the "translate"-function, without changing the cars local-coordinates.
btw. if you have open-gl specific questions, there is an opengl area here too:
kouroshparsaAuthor Commented:
Thanks alot ikework.
you're very welcome .. good luck, eh .. :)
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