Where do I learn DirectX???

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    Where do I learn DirectX???

    Now that I have the SDK (well, I just have to download it -- I have the URL of the download), I need to know where to learn it. Somebody suggested sunlight's tutorial. Will that be enough? I am a Windows programmer, and there tutorial on Windows is good, but not great. Do you know what I mean? Thanks.

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    Check out the documentation that came with the sdk.
    The help file and samples are a great resource.

    Otherwise you can get nehe style programs at
    www.drunkenhyena.com

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    do a search for DirectX tutorials on google, or buy a book! I recommend the latter.

    I hope you have a fast connection.. coz the SDK is huge

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    Yeah, the SDK is huge. Unless you have a fast connection like DSL or cable modem you will be waiting for about 20 hours.

    I had a friend who had a cable modem download it for me and then burn it onto a CD. Installed the beasty is about 350MB and the download is something like 280-290 MB if you want everything. The tutorials and samples in the SDK are very helpful. Also if you have Visual Studio 6 it has all the docs on DirectX (and much much more) you will ever need.

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    The sdk docs with VS6.0 are old and out-dated. Use the docs that will come with the new sdk. For instance, DirectDraw and Direct3D are now DirectGraphics in DX8. There is no more retained mode and the way that stuff is done is slightly different. (easier)

    A hint - just do the component download. You don't need the VB stuff that comes with the full download.

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    I Suggest a free book, like the one in my signature.
    'Learn Direct X in 21 days' I think it is.

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    I would like to get a book, but I don't have the $$$ right now. I'm building a system and that is draining my pocket. I think I'm just going to go with the websites and what comes with the SDK. Thanks, guys!!!

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