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3D Studios File Loader: Source Code

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tom_mai78101    693

This is a 3D Studios Max model loader written in Java by Greg Rodgers, who is the author of the JOGL-Utils library for Java.

 

You can view the source code here.

 

My thoughts:

 

This is my first experience with a 3D model file format other than the easier OBJ file, as of April 11, 2013. From what I can tell, the 3DS file structure is hierarchical, meaning that it may require the use of recursion, or similar tactics.

 

It's brilliantly done. Never in my life have I experienced such novel feelings from the back of my hands. The keyboard, with the keys springing upwards like bunnies. I even managed to fall asleep while following along with the code.

 

Taking my time slowly, I managed to get black circles under my eyes, but I've never felt the need to take a shower and hop into bed. Especially the part where the programmer must consider the endianness of the binary data in the file. Sooner or later, I will be going onwards, venturing towards integrating animation to my still, dull scenes in my program. Happy little bunnies, mashing away on my keyboard...

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