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Resource Manager

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I've been pretty dang efficient as of late in terms of programming and getting things done for the game. I just finished implementing a resource manager for the game. It turned out very well and it wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be:

I have a base class for resources called CResource which every resource will derive from. A resource holds a name (filename) and a reference count. So that was pretty easy. Next I've got a templated resource manager called CResourceManager. This class allows for creating and retrieving resources and releasing them. Like DirectX, the resource manager increments the reference count when you retrieve or create a resource and decrements it when you release a resource. When that count gets to 0, the manager deletes that resource from its memory pool. The other cool thing is, since this is a resource manager, is that the manager will return you a pointer to existing resource memory if you try to call Create on a resource that already exists. Here's the skeleton class for anyone interested:

template <class T>
class CResourceManager

// this hash map represent our resource list
std::map m_resources;


// destructor deallocates all dynamically created resources that remain

// creates a resource given a filename; if it already exists this
// function simply returns the allocated resource, otherwise if it doesn't
// exist we create it and return the pointer
T *CreateResource( const char *resourceName );

// retrieves the resource given a resource name and increments
// the reference count on the resource; returns NULL if the resource doesn't exist
T *GetResource( const char *resourceName );

// releases resource with the given resource name if it's reference
// count has reached zero
void ReleaseResource( const char *resourceName );

// returns the number of resources we have allocated
int GetResourceCount();

Tomorrow I'm going to start redoing the way I am rendering objects. I need to sort my objects by texture so as only to call SetTexture when I really need to call it. I'm just glad that I got the resource manager implemented as it will save a ton of memory in the game (imagine having 50 walls in the game having the same texture, meaning 50 instances of the same texture -- UGH!).
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What if you decide that you want your resources to be packed in ZIP archives? Or even some more complex? You'd probably have to rewrite/redesign a lot. I'd recommend looking at the Abstract Factory design pattern and redesign your resource manager.

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