Cancel that last update about DirectX. I started going through the book at an extremely slow pace and still it was too much for me to take in since I’ve never done any Windows programming with COM before. I didn’t know what COM was until a day or two ago. I looked around and found many suggestions on several message boards that OpenGL might be a better choice to start with, at least for an absolute beginner. So I am going to look into some different books and start with OpenGL so that I don’t get burned out.
I’ve finished going through the Absolute C++ book. I feel like I have an intermediate understanding of the language. At least, I know enough to try and tackle something more in-depth even if it might take me longer than most. So, I’m going to attempt to get through Introduction to 3D Game Programming with Direct X9.0c. I’ve had the book for a long time and I’ve never been able to get in to it, so hopefully I’ll be able to get further this time.