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I have a class, Sprite (but it could be anything like object or entity) that has a file format and during game time I need to load the sprite''s information for the hard drive. Is it better to have the Load routine as a member of Sprite so to use it I would go:
testSprite.Load("mysprite.spr"); 
or to load it externally of the class like
LoadSprite(&testSprite,"mysprite.spr"); 
I know both ways will work, and I''m not really looking for which one is faster, just whether it is standard, or accepted to have it internal or external. --------------------- Ryan Bujnowicz [ vangelis ]

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I would go with the first approach. That way you don''t mix OOP code with global functions, and that makes it more consistent in my opinion.

cya,
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