DirectX Programming Using DirectX 9, Almost as Easy as MessageBox("Hello world");


This animation took about five lines of source code.

Environment: VC6 Win 9x/ME/2000/XP (DirectX 9 needed); NT will not be supported

DirectX from Microsoft is a mighty and powerful interface, providing the programmer with a lot of functions to do anything you can think of. But the price is that using DirectX (in this case, the 9th generation) is a kind of an enigma to most programmers who might need it for home use.

That's the point where I come in!

I got fed up of writing the same routines every time I needed them. So, I decided to encapsulate the most common functions into a small class. This was when I first started with programming DirectX 7.

This class grew and grew over time and now we've reached DirectX 9. The class reached a state where it could be a powerful tool for almost everybody out there who knows how to program a simple dialog. Much more knowledge is not needed to use DirectX 9 with my class. It would be a good addon to download some more DX tools from my Web site, but the class that can be downloaded here supplies you with the following items:

  • DirectDraw
  • Direct3D (Prelit and dynamic lights, fog, Effects, Alphatransparence, Stencilbuffer, Zbuffer, etc...) in addition to some more of my helper classes, even Bumpmapping and Environmentmapping
  • DirectSound
  • DirectInput (Also ForceFeedback)
  • DirectPlay
  • DirectVoice

Simply create an object of my class and call SetParent(...); the whole world of DirectX will be available to you without endless hours of not understanding how the interfaces work. If you don't believe, take a look at the downloads available at www.pcs-soft.de and see what I've done with this class in a couple of hours or days.

I wish you a good time and much success by doing whatever you feel like.

Shots from T. Bock.

Downloads

Download source - 47 Kb


Comments

  • What is this thing anyway??

    Posted by HSmith on 04/26/2005 03:14pm

    There is nothing 'easy' contained herein. I spent hours messing with this project source code. It was apparently written using the 8.1 SDK Appwizard as it is relying on files only it generates. I attempted to get this going reverting back to SDK 8.1, then attempted with 9. What a nightmare. Complete waste of time. Also, it attempting to compile this code, I realized the MS has hardcoded the version #s in the data structures! What kind of monkey business is that? Spare me. If that is what Directx is all about, I can tell you where it is being sent, directly.

    Reply
  • GameX

    Posted by Legacy on 02/14/2004 12:00am

    Originally posted by: R.C. Hoetzlein

    Very nice project. We've been working on a similar open-source project to simplify game development for several years now. Much of our motivation recently has been getting game development into a CS curriculum. Check it out: http://www.lightlink.com/lhmatrix/gamex or http://www.cs.cornell.edu/projects/game/gamex (mirror site)

    Reply
  • it's very good

    Posted by Legacy on 05/28/2003 12:00am

    Originally posted by: niceguy

    demo project please....

    Reply
  • I have made an API, so you write this in 1 line!!!!

    Posted by Legacy on 05/07/2003 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Bill Gates

    it seems you are selling software

    Reply
  • Unfortunate

    Posted by Legacy on 05/07/2003 12:00am

    Originally posted by: okigan

    Unfortunate but this is a total waste of time.

    I was looking for information how to get DX working
    in "5 lines of code, and this is not it

    Reply
  • lame

    Posted by Legacy on 05/06/2003 12:00am

    Originally posted by: matt

    what a shameless, cheap, juvenile self promotion of XXX-soft.
    memo to editors: we should have a filter for this kind of cheese.

    Reply
  • Is this good?

    Posted by Legacy on 05/06/2003 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Jason

    How is this better than the common class included with the DirectX demos? Also, this is totally unstructured.

    Reply
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