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Windows Graphics Programming Win32 GDI and DirectDraw® by Feng Yuan

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Chapter 18. DirectDraw and Direct3D Immediate Mode

GDI as a Windows graphics programming API has been around for a long time. So much has changed in the personal computing world that it's time for GDI to make fundamental changes, although we have seen that it keeps improving little by little with every new operating-system releases.

The future of GDI is code-named GDI+, which will be the next-generation GDI from Microsoft. According to published Microsoft documentation (www.microsoft.com/hwdev/video/-GDInext.htm), GDI+ will create the infrastructure for desktop user interface innovations. It will permit easy integration of 2D and 3D, will bring digital imaging to the desktop, and will raise the bar on desktop graphics and performance. GDI+ will ...

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