I'm new to OpenGL and I'm a little overwhelmed with all of the random functions that I have in my code. They work and I know when to use them, but I don't know why I need them or what they actually do.
I know that
glLoadIdentity() replaces the current matrix with the identity matrix, but what exactly does that do? If every program requires it, why isn't the identity matrix by default unless otherwise specified? I don't like to have functions in my code unless I know what they do. I should note that I am using OpenGL exclusively for rich 2D clients so excuse my ignorance if this is something very obvious for 3D.
Also a little confused about