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It works like it does in a normal programming language, so you probably never used it before anywhere laugh.gif

int y=x<10?0:1 // == if(x<10) y= 0 else y=1

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Microsoft lists a HLSL boolean "?" operator here: http://msdn.microsof..._Math_Operators but then gives absolutely no information about it, examples or otherwise.

Does anybody know what this is and how to use it?

It's actually the ?: operator. In C++, and I'm guessing HLSL too, the ternary operator is used like this:

(boolean-statement) ? (result-if-true) : (result-if-false)

It's a short-hand form of writing this:

return result-if-true;
return result-if-false;


bool lastNameFirst;
std::cout << (lastNameFirst? "Henry, John" : "John Henry");

Another example: (return the larger of the two values)

int maxValue = (valueA > valueB ? valueA : valueB);

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