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1) I have a very simple vertex and pixel shader that I've been playing around with. In my main app, I set a single texture during each effect pass. In my shader, I have a variable "sample TextureSampler" declared, and I use it in my pixel shader. How does this sample variable work? I have seen examples where the sampler declaration contains a texture and mipfilter initializers, but my shader doesn't specify those. Is it simply specifying the default texture (that is set with my call to .SetTexture(0, _texture)) and the default filter? 2) All that is ever used to render a geometry "chunk" is one or more textures and one or more shader effects, right? Therefore, when I sort my geometry for rendering, I should sort by the attributes of a shader (transparency and parameters), and the textures being used, right? 3) texture tex0 < string name = "tiger\\tiger.bmp"; >; Is a line in the default shader in the Effect Editor. This is just something that the EffectEdit app reads to load textures, right? It is not an actual shader command? 3) I have posted C# and HLSL source snippets below, for reference for the above questions, and for one final question: Am I doing this right? Specifically, should I be using SetTexture() to maintain texture state? - Mike C# Code:
_worldMatrix = Matrix.RotationYawPitchRoll(_angle, 0.0f, 0.0f);
_angle += 0.1f;
Matrix worldViewProj = _worldMatrix * _viewMatrix * _projMatrix;
_time += 0.01f;

_device.Clear(ClearFlags.Target|ClearFlags.ZBuffer, _display.BackColor, 1.0f, 0);
int numPasses = _effect.Begin(0);
for(int pass = 0; pass < numPasses; pass++)
    _effect.SetValue("WorldViewProj", worldViewProj);
    _effect.SetValue("Time", _time);
    _device.SetTexture(0, _texture);



Shader.fx (HLSL):
float Time;
float4x4 WorldViewProj;
sampler TextureSampler;

// Transform our coordinates into world space
void Transform(
    inout float4 Pos  : POSITION, 
    in float3 Normal : NORMAL,
    inout float2 TexCoords : TEXCOORD0,
    out float4 Diffuse : COLOR0 )
    Diffuse.rgba = 1.0f;
    Pos = mul(Pos, WorldViewProj);
    TexCoords = TexCoords;

void PS(in float2 TexCoords : TEXCOORD0,
        inout float4 Diffuse : COLOR0)
	Diffuse *= tex2D(TextureSampler, TexCoords);

technique TransformDiffuse
    pass P0
        // shaders
        VertexShader = compile vs_2_0 Transform();
        PixelShader  = compile ps_2_0 PS();

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1) I'll explain in number.. uhh, 3-2.

2) Correct, and that's probably a good way to go about it. Then just apply the attributes when they change from object to object.

3-1) Correct, if you want the texture to load, you'll have to get the annotation and load it yourself in your app.

3-2) Okay, this is one way to do it, although you're not quite doing it right ;)

If you want to do what you're doing by using SetTexture, you'll have to declare your sampler in your effect like so:

sampler TextureSampler : register(s0);

This will force the sampler to use the texture in texture stage 0. If I remember correctly, this will make it possible to set the texture with SetTexture(0,texture) and it'll show up in the shader.

There is another way, like so:

texture Texture1;
sampler TextureSampler=sampler_state

This way, you can set the "Texture1" parameter with ID3DXEffect::SetTexture and it'll show up, instead of binding the texture to sampler 0.

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