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HLSL, .NET needed?

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I am programming in C++ with visual studio on directx. I recently picked up "Programming Vertex and Pixel Shaders", by Wolfgang Engel. I skipped through and read random pages to get a feel for how it was written. I didnt notice that on the opening page, it says I NEED .NET. I dont program in .NET and I handle all my memory on my own. Do I need to re write my entire game to use HLSL? This part really gets me. Besides that why would they make you run .NET? Maybe im confused here, or it was over stated in the book, can sum1 PLESE clearify this for me? Thanks much. Brad

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Sorry for late reply, I just got back into town late last night. Im in the midst of upgrading anyways. BUT I take it you dont have to upgrade, its just if I want to be "officially" supported? heh ohh good ole' microsoft :).

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