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Is There Any book on Max SDK?
show user profile  Hua*MuLan~
Is There Any book on Max SDK?
Every day is a new day

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2/11/2009 2:17:58 AM (last edit: 2/11/2009 2:17:58 AM)
show user profile  Hua*MuLan~
or nono?
Every day is a new day

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2/11/2009 2:55:19 AM (last edit: 2/11/2009 2:55:19 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
It comes with help files and lots of sample code.

Do you have a specific problem ?
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2/11/2009 2:56:44 AM (last edit: 2/11/2009 2:56:44 AM)
show user profile  Hua*MuLan~
well , I just feel the help files is too large.I am look for any book with detailed tutorials which made me easy to learn.
Every day is a new day

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2/11/2009 3:07:24 AM (last edit: 2/11/2009 3:07:24 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
Go through the samples, pick one that is closest to what you want to do, build it, try it, then start extending/modifying it to fit your requirements.

Consult the help files when you get stuck - use them as a reference source - don't read them start-finish.

No idea if anyone's written a book on the SDK. Honestly - you don't need one, it's pretty easy to pick up.

I'm assuming you already know C++, if not, the advice would be different ...
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2/11/2009 3:17:58 AM (last edit: 2/11/2009 3:20:45 AM)
show user profile  Hua*MuLan~
well , thank you, it seems I am too lazy to study.I will have a try.
Every day is a new day

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2/11/2009 3:24:17 AM (last edit: 2/11/2009 3:24:17 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
Do or do not, there is no try.

Help you, we will.

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2/11/2009 3:29:02 AM (last edit: 2/11/2009 3:29:17 AM)
show user profile  Hua*MuLan~
Every day is a new day

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2/11/2009 3:37:14 AM (last edit: 2/11/2009 3:37:14 AM)
show user profile  donvella
yoda he speaks

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2/11/2009 4:10:01 AM (last edit: 2/11/2009 4:10:01 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I really must take the time to learn to make plugins for max. I've been scripting for years (at an enthusiastic amateur level), but would love to learn to make a plugin.

Can you make them with yet, or do you still have to use C++

I can't get to grips with C++

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2/11/2009 4:24:02 AM (last edit: 2/11/2009 4:24:02 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
> yoda he speaks
I can't draw ewoks, so went for a yoda impression instead.

Nik - it's C++ or C++. There's a pretty steep learning curve, but it's worth the effort.

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2/11/2009 4:31:23 AM (last edit: 2/11/2009 4:32:19 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Thanks, AS :o)

C++ is one I've never got on with. I've learned Basic, Cobol, Pascal, VB, Maxscript, but C++, I haven't had the time or resources to get to grips with.

I download the .net kit once every year and give it a half-hearted couple of hours. One of these years.

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2/11/2009 4:57:03 AM (last edit: 2/11/2009 4:57:03 AM)
show user profile  Setherial
It doesn't really fit your list of languages either Nik, C++ would be the only object oriented language of the bunch (not counting OO cobol which probably never got of the ground anyway)

I think you'll have to tackle the OO thing, the language syntax is well.... dare I say easy :)

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2/11/2009 5:27:16 AM (last edit: 2/11/2009 5:27:16 AM)
show user profile  Toen
Yes, there is this book but it's a few years old.

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2/11/2009 5:33:35 AM (last edit: 2/11/2009 5:33:35 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
> I think you'll have to tackle the OO thing

.. which isn't really all that hard either. You basically have to think about things doing stuff, not just about the stuff you want to get done. There are lots of books covering the topic.

I'd say the hardest concept for those coming from a scripting background is pointers.

C & C++ allow you direct memory access, which is both very powerful, and very dangerous at the same time. You have complete freedom to totally screw up by writing over something unintented following an incorrect/uninitialized pointer assignment. These types of error are tough to debug, though there are tools that can help in some circumstances (Purify, Boundschecker, etc.)

Maybe try C# or Java next time you have the mood to experiment.

... or, if you want to go hardcore and really start taking advantage of all that cool hardware you've got kicking around, you could jump straight to the top of the class and try wrting some funky parallel OpenCL code ... OpenCL is new tech. so expect limitations in early versions.

OpenCL is effectively an open standard alternative to nVidia's proprietry CUDA solution.

(The language is based on 'C', so maybe learn that first)

I learnt 'C' from this book :
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2/12/2009 2:05:09 AM (last edit: 2/12/2009 2:20:12 AM)
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