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  1. Hello, I got these vectors where I want to monitor the access, and do something on every write. What is the best approach? I planned on using protected inheritance of std vector just because there's less boilerplate than wrapping it.
  2. Let's say you need to update 10 separate bytes in your buffer, you could call glBufferSubData 10 times postpone and call SubData once, with the smallest dirty region Which one is better?
  3. Hello, I'm wondering what's the proper approach to draw grids of different sizes. So far I'm using a buffer for grid transforms, another for point info. for (size_t i=0;i<NUMGRIDS;i++) { size_t numpoints=grids[i].w*grids[i].h; glVertexAttrib4f(gridAttrib,grids[i].x,grids[i].y.....);// grid pos&scale glDrawArrays(GL_POINTS,offset,numpoints); offset+=numpoints; } I don't think instancing is an option since grids don't have the same number of points.
  4. Question concerning SDL 2.0.3 with gcc. SDL_ShowSimpleMessageBox cuts the strings passed (and there's no icon but I can live that), I tried using the prefix u8 behind literals to no effect. Not sure what to pass it, or what compiler setting to use.
  5. I have a tiny class that only inits SDL and Glew in the constructor, which happens without error. I've noticed that if I call glGetError in the destructor, even at the very beginning, I always get GL_INVALID_OPERATION. It doesn't happen elsewhere and I don't do any GL call.
  6. bmatrix.clear() it is. I thought it was auto zeroed all that time.
  7. I'm tying to replace the array matrix used [url="http://www.arcsynthesis.org/gltut/Positioning/Tut04%20The%20Matrix%20Has%20You.html"]here[/url] with a boost matrix. I've tried using column major and/or exchanging the two last elements without success. The mesh shows fine with the array version but not my matrix. [code] float fFrustumScale = 1.0f; float fzNear = 0.5f; float fzFar = 3.0f; float theMatrix[16]; memset(theMatrix, 0, sizeof(float) * 16); matrix<float> bmatrix(4,4); theMatrix[0] = fFrustumScale; theMatrix[5] = fFrustumScale; theMatrix[10] = (fzFar + fzNear) / (fzNear - fzFar); theMatrix[14] = (2 * fzFar * fzNear) / (fzNear - fzFar); theMatrix[11] = -1.0f; bmatrix(0,0) = fFrustumScale; bmatrix(1,1) = fFrustumScale; bmatrix(2,2) = (fzFar + fzNear) / (fzNear - fzFar); bmatrix(2,3) = (2 * fzFar * fzNear) / (fzNear - fzFar); bmatrix(3,2) = -1.0f; glUseProgram(program); //glUniformMatrix4fv(perspectiveMatrixUnif, 1, GL_FALSE, theMatrix); //This works glUniformMatrix4fv(perspectiveMatrixUnif,1, GL_FALSE, &bmatrix.data()[0]);//Doesn't[/code] Thanks in advance.
  8. I'm using the standard install_sound(DIGI_AUTODETECT,MIDI_NONE,NULL) for init. My problem is when I link under Ubuntu with 'allegro-config --shared release' the sound works (there might be a delay), but if I use --static there's no sound at all. install_sound doesn't fail though.
  9. [url="http://support.xmplay.com/"]XMPlay[/url] is as small and portable.as you can get, if all you need is audio playback.
  10. Can _CrtDumpMemoryLeaks() detect windows handles that aren't properly freed? I noticed that deliberately commenting out a FindClose didn't give any result. Omitting a simple delete is still detected, so I know it's working somehow.
  11. Makes sense now, thanks. I'll just go with a vector<Foo*> in my actual code because it's a non POD and the copy would only add complexity.
  12. Please see the code here : codepad link On line 6 of the output we get "Destructor of Foo Bob of index 0" That means pushing back the second Foo destroys the previous one ? I don't understand what happens here.
  13. Did you look into states/FSMs ?