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refactoring my HLSL implementation code. need opinions

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My code is clunky and I feel the shader part of my game is critical for performance so i'm gonna bite the bullet and try to get it right the second time around :P - First off, I don't want to use the traditional DirectX materials. I'm going 100% shaders for everything graphics. - My .X files will say what material uses what shader but I want to use a struct that could override the parameters of my .X shader values (like DIFFUSE color etc) - I want to keep the "SetValue()'s " to an absolute minimum. I want to set it once in a constructor and only use the SetValue if my values changed. I was thinking of implementing an event for this but i'm not sure this is a good idea in the middle of a render loop. The DX API is big. Maybe I missed a Class that could help me? Any input appreciated. V.

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