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Optimization with WM_ERASEBKGND??

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In my windows message handler I decided to add a proc for WM_ERASEBKGND where I simply return a 0, so that any code for clearing the screen would be avoided (I''m rewriting the entire screen each frame), and I expected a modest FPS increase but, in fact, this caused a relatively negligable decrease in FPS.. but a decrease all the same. Any ideas why this would happen? My only idea was perhaps that DirectX already prevents WM_ERASEBKGND''s, so by manually preventing it I simply added a useless switch in my message handler. One further question about switch statements in particular: Are switch statements implemented in code with a binary search? I always assumed this was so and the reason you could not use any non-numeric values for a case statement.. If it is compiler specific I use

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