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Going Native 2012

Posted: February 4, 2012 in News

Going Native 2012 videos are now up!

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Future C++ Books

Posted: October 31, 2011 in News

I was looking to see if there were any new books out based on C++11. I didn’t find any, as its still early (Guess we’ll have to give it a year or two), but I did find these coming out next year. Thought I’d share.

Effective Concurrency in C++ – Herb Sutter – 28 June 2012
Speaking of C++ – Herb Sutter – 28 June 2013

C++ Programming Language – Bjarne Stroustrup – 28 January 2012

C++ Templates – David Vandevoorde & Nocholai Josutti – 28 August 2012

The C++ Standard Library – Nocholai Josutti – 28 April 2012

( Dates retrieved from www.BookDeposity.co.uk )

I’m personally looking forward to the new editions of the “The C++ Standard library” and “C++ Programming language”. Going by this though, I wonder just how much code will actually compile in VS when they do come out :) ( assuming they are using C++ 11 )

I picked up the second copy of PBR today as I like to keep my book collection up to date. I’m not the biggest fan of the book as I find it difficult to read and I dont like the approach they took of explaing how to implement such a tool, Im more a fan of having something simple that works at multiple stages of the process and building it up, as is done in “Ray Tracing from the Ground Up”, which is a much easier read. The new edition brings in new sections on Subsurface Scattering, Metropolis Light Transport and Precomputed Light Transport and some other stuff. They also made two quite big changes, one was to do away with the DLL module approach, which I agree with; it was needless complexity, but they’ve also introduced threading. I think this was a bad move to be honest, as again it adds a lot of complexity. I think these kinds of books should only focus on the problem at hand which is producing Physically Accurate Images, not producing Physically Accurate Images …FAST. I have threading in my RayTracer, and whilst it wasnt that difficult to implement, a lot of the code has to be changed/organised differently to accommodate it, which just makes the task all the more difficult when you’re first starting out. Unfortunatly its not something they could have just chucked in the appendix, as threading needs to be thought about from the very beginning, but I think it should have been left out.

I recieved my copy of Practical Rendering and Computation with Direct3D 11 today and am slowly working my way through it. First thoughts are that its detailed, very detailed. The chapter on the rendering pipeline itself is probably worth the money. Before this I didn’t have much material on Directx API, my only resource was the SDK docs. Frank Lunas Books are also good, but lack detail, which is fair enough as they’re introductory books, where as PR&C is more of a reference manual …with some examples.

I think it’s going to end up being one of those books you’ll always have on your desk.

Game Engine Gems

Posted: October 29, 2010 in News

So apparently theres yet another Gems series being published, this time on Game Engine Design, Game Engine Gems. The first edition is being authored by Eric Lengyel, who wrote the very popular book Mathematics for 3D Game Programming and Computer Graphics. I assume it will follow the structure of all the other Gems series, that being lots of tips and tricks chucked in by knowledgable people, generally from the Games Industry. Im not sure how this series will differ from Game Programming Gems, as that can be considered “Game Engine” related too. But I’m all for new books, so I’m not going to to complain. 🙂

“Game Engine Gems brings together in a single volume dozens of new articles from leading professionals in the game development industry. Each “gem” presents a previously unpublished technique related to game engines and real-time virtual simulations. Specific topics include rendering techniques, shaders, scene organization, visibility determination, collision detection, audio, user interface, input devices, memory management, artificial intelligence, resource organization, and cross-platform considerations. A CD-ROM containing all the source codes and demos accompanies the book.”

Game Programming Gems 8

Posted: October 29, 2010 in News

The new edition of Game Programming Gems has been released !

Direct3D 10

Posted: October 29, 2009 in News

I’ve been reading up on DirectX10 lately, mainly from author Frank Luna, and his new book Introduction to 3D Game Programming with Direct 3D 10: A Shader Approach. I’ve always planned to convert my Rendering Library to DirectX10, as theres a bunch of neat stuff in there that I wanted to take advantage of, such as Texture Arrays and Geometry shaders. And then theres the whole not having to reset your resources. I know that this is going to be a huge task, as quite a lot has changed, meaning that I’m going to have to recode/reorganise a fair bit, but I do find DirectX10 a lot cleaner to work with, so its going to be well worth it. Lets see how it goes.