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Using a struct + <vector> and input layouts

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So Let's suppose I have this:

[source lang="cpp"]struct Ball
XMFLOAT2 position;
XMFLOAT2 velocity;
std::vector<XMFLOAT2> vertices;
AABB box;
XMFLOAT4 color;

As you can see the Ball struct has a vector<XMFLOAT2> in it called vertices.In "vertices" I'm gonna store the vertexes that compose the whole ball.

Also,notice that AABB is just another struct,there's no point in putting the implementation here.

The problem is (pseudocode):

Ball x;
I fill the "vertices" array with 10 vertexes.

But how do I create a vertex buffer? I mean:

[source lang="cpp"]D3D11_BUFFER_DESC ballBuffer;
ballBuffer.Usage = D3D11_USAGE_IMMUTABLE;
ballBuffer.ByteWidth = sizeof(SIZEOF WHAT?);
ballBuffer.BindFlags = D3D11_BIND_VERTEX_BUFFER;
ballBuffer.CPUAccessFlags = 0;
ballBuffer.MiscFlags = 0;
ballBuffer.StructureByteStride = 0;
vinitDataBall.pSysMem = ADRESS OF WHAT?;
HR(md3dDevice->CreateBuffer(&ballBuffer, &vinitDataBall, &mBallVB));[/source]

Should vinitDataBall.pSysMem = POINT TO WHAT?

And also,what should the ByteWidth be?

And another big problem,how should I implement the input layout? Edited by noatom

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ballBuffer.ByteWidth = sizeof( YOUR_VERTEX ) * vertices.size();
vinitDataBall.pSysMem = &vertices[0];

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[quote name='Seabolt' timestamp='1349291841' post='4986499']
vinitDataBall.pSysMem = &vertices[0];

You can also do vertices.data() to get a raw pointer to the array (f you're using a recent version of Visual Studio). Edited by MJP

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Just to point out this example is a bit far from real world usage. In the real world there wouldn't be a [font=courier new,courier,monospace]Ball [/font]structure to start with, there would be a [font=courier new,courier,monospace]ModelInstance [/font]structure using resource [i]ball.mdl[/i] or something, and we would pull out the vertices from there.
It's worth noticing that there's no such thing as [font=courier new,courier,monospace]std::vector vertices[/font]. What you really want to have is a [font=courier new,courier,monospace]std::vector<ConfigurableVertex>[/font] [font=courier new,courier,monospace]vertices[/font]. Personally I strongly suggest to use [font=courier new,courier,monospace]std::vector<unsigned byte>[/font].

In the latter case [font=courier new,courier,monospace]ballBuffer.ByteWidth = FunctionOf(VertexMaterial, AnimationContext) * [/font]10.

Just to help your gears turning.

[size=1]edit: set fonts[/size] Edited by Krohm

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