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I have been studying c++ programming at home for about a year on and off, And now i want to start learning DirectX game programming. I have a few questions i want to understand befor i start. First question i have is should i start to learn .NET ? Next is, is Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition Beta 2 ok for development i mean does it have what i need ? (Note i have these installed) .NET frame work DirectX SDK December Microsoft Platform SDK

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First question i have is should i start to learn .NET ?

Do you mean "should I start learning .NET in order to work with DX", or is it a general question? Anyway, you don't need .NET to work with C++ and (unmanaged)DX.

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Next is, is Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition Beta 2 ok for development i mean does it have what i need ?


Altough I don't know exactly what is it that you need, I'm going to say yes. I don't think you'll need something that isn't there.

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VC++ 2005 Express comes with the .NET framework. And, it's free, and just as good as any professional IDE/compiler. I use it all the time. The other express editions are going to be free until November 2006, so if you think you might want to do MDX at some point (DirectX with C# or VB.NET), you might as well download them now.

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