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Zig for gamedev?
7 projects | /r/Zig | 15 Apr 2023
Two game frameworks in the making: https://github.com/michal-z/zig-gamedev & https://github.com/hexops/mach7 projects | /r/Zig | 15 Apr 2023
Zig and C interop elegantly, there are plenty of examples around. We have this repo with tons of tools for game dev made by Michael. I would also take a look at slimsag's mach engine. Remember, zig isn't 1.0 yet, there's a lot of breaking changes happening to the API.
Projects / areas of specialization for learning zig
2 projects | /r/Zig | 7 Apr 2023
I did a hangman game, I'm doing a file compression tool next. I asked bing chat to recommend beginner projects for zig and that's what it told me. It also suggested a cli calculator and a cli text editor, but I didn't want to do that. My next thing will be something using https://github.com/michal-z/zig-gamedev
zig-gamedev project: Monthly Progress Report - Feb 2023 (zflecs, zsdl, zopengl and more)
2 projects | /r/Zig | 2 Mar 2023
zig-gamedev project: zphysics v0.0.4 - Zig API and C API for Jolt Physics
2 projects | /r/Zig | 4 Feb 2023
Just found out about Zig and wonder what would be the best graphics library to pair with it?
5 projects | /r/Zig | 1 Feb 2023
This repo may be useful. It isn't an engine or a renderer, but rather a collection of useful libraries if you do end up writing your own tools. https://github.com/michal-z/zig-gamedev
Is C++ still the language when entering 3D programming in 2023?
6 projects | /r/gamedev | 1 Feb 2023
Something like vulkano in Rust or zig-gamedev in zig might be a much more enjoyable approach: They're similarly bare metal languages but have a lot of advantages over C++ (borrow checker's safety, simpler syntax). However, they're not commonly used by big studios.
Gamedev in zig
3 projects | /r/Zig | 1 Jan 2023
I've been working on a gamedev project in zig, using zig-gamedev. It has many libraries you can use, though my game is 2D. Feel free to check out my project if you want to see how I set things up. https://github.com/foxnne/aftersun
Goodbye to the C++ Implementation of Zig
12 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 8 Dec 2022
Language-level guarantees of memory safety are not critical to all low-level programmers, and sometimes this is fine!
Developers of games, compilers, digital audio workstations, video editors, and live performance software (such as openFrameworks) likely don't rank memory safety as their top concern.
Zig is already an attractive choice for those domains because it offers:
- Great compile times compared to C++/Rust, and future plans to implement hot reloading as a core part of the tooling: https://www.jakubkonka.com/2022/03/16/hcs-zig.html
- The ability to reason about where data exists in memory: https://ziglang.org/documentation/master/#Where-are-the-byte...
- Good readability and learnability, especially if you have a C/C++ background.
- Comptime that enables clean generics, compile-time reflection and general metaprogramming as a happy side-effect: https://kristoff.it/blog/what-is-zig-comptime/
- Better tooling than C/C++. The ability to cross-compile Zig and C/C++ from one machine lets you set up much more stable and reproducible build environments already. You can clone zig-gamedev and have the demos working with just three commands on Windows/macOS/Linux, for example, and two of those three are cloning the repo and changing to the directory: https://github.com/michal-z/zig-gamedev (to build you will need the latest copy of Zig from the 'masters' section for your platform at https://ziglang.org/download/ )
We should all be careful about insinuating that memory unsafe languages should not exist. I see “friends don't let friends use memory-unsafe languages” on social media and feel sick. It's much healthier to embrace the melting pot of Zig, Odin, D, Beef, Vale, Hare, Lobster, Jai, C3, Val, Roc and all the rest and see what new ideas and trade-offs they bring.
Also worth noting that new languages tend to take time to develop their own philosophies to memory safety (Vale's approach is only just now emerging, for example: https://verdagon.dev/blog/making-regions-part-1-human-factor ). Zig's story might not be great now ( https://www.scattered-thoughts.net/writing/how-safe-is-zig/ ), but then it's not Zig's priorty at the moment, and Zig's full story is not yet written.
zig-gamedev project - zgui v0.9
2 projects | /r/Zig | 28 Sep 2022
What are some alternatives?
zig - General-purpose programming language and toolchain for maintaining robust, optimal, and reusable software.
rust - Empowering everyone to build reliable and efficient software.
alg - Algebra for Zig
basis_universal - Basis Universal GPU Texture Codec
ode4j - Java 3D Physics Engine & Library
vos - Vinix is an effort to write a modern, fast, and useful operating system in the V programming language
mach - zig game engine & graphics toolkit
zig_vulkan - Toying with vulkan and zig
v-mode - 🌻 An Emacs major mode for the V programming language.
mach-gpu-dawn - Google's Dawn WebGPU implementation, cross-compiled with Zig into a single static library
physx-jni - Java JNI bindings for Nvidia PhysX
LearnOpenGL - Code repository of all OpenGL chapters from the book and its accompanying website https://learnopengl.com