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johnnyBravo

Cleaning up lights, materials etc?

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In the directx 9 sdk tutorial on directional lighting, they declare materials and lights etc, but then they don''t clean them up. Im just curious why these arn''t released or cleaned up, unlike other declarations that are cleaned up, such as the font, mesh, device etc.

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The reason they''re not cleaned up like the font, device, etc... is because materials and lights are not COM objects. COM objects require you to call their "Release" function so that everything behaves nicely. But materials and lights are just plain old C structs, so they''re automatically deleted when they go out of scope.

Hope this clears things up,
neneboricua

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