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DirectX and VS .NET confusion

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I'm working through a directX tutorial right now and i'm getting an include error: Cannot open include file d3d9.h no such file or directory. Do I have to download a separate DirectX library for this file or is it included with the .NET framework? And what exactly is the difference between directx and direct3d?

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You'll have to download the DirectX 9.0 SDK. Check the msdn DirectX page for the latest download. Link.

As for the difference between DirectX and Direct3D:
DirectX refers to the group of API's developed by Microsoft, one of which is Direct3D, the API dealing with interfacing with the display device.

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Direct3d is just a part of directx. Directx contains directsound direct3d directinput ect ect. Yeah just download the latest release from microsoft.com.
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