After my terrible failures yesterday in regards to installing SDL and Allegro, today turned out to be 100% better.
My main focus of the day was to get Allegro up and running. I started early this morning and was determined to not stop until Allegro was fully functioning. About three hours later, Allegro 5 was fully installed with Visual Studio 2010 and I was happy.
But not everything is sunshine and rainbows.
While being able to work with the latest and greatest Allegro 5 is great, it is so new that there are barely any tutorials for it. Books, such as the popular "Game Programming All in One" only support Allegro 4. I'm now stuck trying to decifer how to use Allegro 5 with barely any guidance.
It is becoming quite clear that this is going to be a difficult journey, but I'm ready for it.