Chapter 4. Hello, Shaders!

In this chapter, you write your first shaders. We introduce HLSL syntax, the FX file format, data structures, and more. By the end of this chapter, you’ll have a base from which to launch the rest of your exploration into graphics programming.

Your First Shader

You might recognize the canonical programming example “Hello, World!” as a first program written in a new language and whose output is this simple line of text. We follow this time-honored tradition with the shader equivalent “Hello, Shaders!”—this time, your output is an object rendered in a solid color.

To begin, launch NVIDIA FX Composer and create a new project. Open the Assets panel, right-click on the Materials icon, and choose Add Material from New Effect. ...

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