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  • What's a good data structure solution for a scene manager in XNA?

    - by tunnuz
    Hello, I'm playing with XNA for a game project of myself, I had previous exposure to OpenGL and worked a bit with Ogre, so I'm trying to get the same concepts working on XNA. Specifically I'm trying to add to XNA a scene manager to handle hierarchical transforms, frustum (maybe even occlusion) culling and transparency object sorting. My plan was to build a tree scene manager to handle hierarchical transforms and lighting, and then use an Octree for frustum culling and object sorting. The problem is how to do geometry sorting to support transparencies correctly. I know that sorting is very expensive if done on a per-polygon basis, so expensive that it is not even managed by Ogre. But still images from Ogre look right. Any ideas on how to do it and which data structures to use and their capabilities? I know people around is using: Octrees Kd-trees (someone on GameDev forum said that these are far better than Octrees) BSP (which should handle per-polygon ordering but are very expensive) BVH (but just for frustum and occlusion culling) Thank you Tunnuz

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  • Why does Ubuntu 12.10 only see 8 cores?

    - by tunnuz
    In our lab we just bought a new machine with two 8-cores Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2660 0 @ 2.20GHz processors which also support Hyper-Threading. I would expect Ubuntu to see 32 processing units, however it only detects 8 of them (the equivalent of just one processor with Hyper-Threading disabled). The bios correctly reports a total of 32 processing units. I am using Ubuntu 12.10 desktop 32 bit. Any idea about how to solve this?

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  • Why after deleting a 110+ GB collection, my /var/lib/mongodb directory still have same size?

    - by tunnuz
    I am having some troubles with MongoDB and space usage. In particular, I once used to have a large collection of about 600 million records totaling 110+ GB on disk. Recently I decided to drop it because the data was outdated, to do so I dropped the collection through rockmongo's web interface. Accordingly, rockmongo doesn't show me the collection anymore, however my disk usage hasn't changed at all. Is there any clean operation which I am not aware of, which must be run in order to synchronize the database with database files on disk? I have tried to perform a "repair" but the system complains that there's not enough space on disk ... that's because it is all used by MongoDB.

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  • iPhone or Android?

    - by tunnuz
    According to a recent article iPhone has gained a better appeal than Android among programmers. I'm quite a newbie to Java and a complete profane to ObjectiveC, in your opinion, in which one of the two could I have a try?

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  • Any significant performance improvement by using bitwise operators instead of plain int sums in C#?

    - by tunnuz
    Hello, I started working with C# a few weeks ago and I'm now in a situation where I need to build up a "bit set" flag to handle different cases in an algorithm. I have thus two options: enum RelativePositioning { LEFT = 0, RIGHT = 1, BOTTOM = 2, TOP = 3, FRONT = 4, BACK = 5 } pos = ((eye.X < minCorner.X ? 1 : 0) << RelativePositioning.LEFT) + ((eye.X > maxCorner.X ? 1 : 0) << RelativePositioning.RIGHT) + ((eye.Y < minCorner.Y ? 1 : 0) << RelativePositioning.BOTTOM) + ((eye.Y > maxCorner.Y ? 1 : 0) << RelativePositioning.TOP) + ((eye.Z < minCorner.Z ? 1 : 0) << RelativePositioning.FRONT) + ((eye.Z > maxCorner.Z ? 1 : 0) << RelativePositioning.BACK); Or: enum RelativePositioning { LEFT = 1, RIGHT = 2, BOTTOM = 4, TOP = 8, FRONT = 16, BACK = 32 } if (eye.X < minCorner.X) { pos += RelativePositioning.LEFT; } if (eye.X > maxCorner.X) { pos += RelativePositioning.RIGHT; } if (eye.Y < minCorner.Y) { pos += RelativePositioning.BOTTOM; } if (eye.Y > maxCorner.Y) { pos += RelativePositioning.TOP; } if (eye.Z > maxCorner.Z) { pos += RelativePositioning.FRONT; } if (eye.Z < minCorner.Z) { pos += RelativePositioning.BACK; } I could have used something as ((eye.X > maxCorner.X) << 1) but C# does not allow implicit casting from bool to int and the ternary operator was similar enough. My question now is: is there any performance improvement in using the first version over the second? Thank you Tommaso

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  • Static libraries, dynamic libraries, DLLs, entry points, headers ... how to get out of this alive?

    - by tunnuz
    Hello, I recently had to program C++ under Windows for an University project, and I'm pretty confused about static and dynamic libraries system, what the compiler needs, what the linker needs, how to build a library ... is there any good document about this out there? I'm pretty confused about the *nix library system as well (so, dylibs, the ar tool, how to compile them ...), can you point a review document about the current library techniques on the various architectures? Note: due to my poor knowledge this message could contain wrong concepts, feel free to edit it. Thank you Feel free to add more reference, I will add them to the summary. References Since most of you posted *nix or Windows specific references I will summarize here the best ones, I will mark as accepted answer the Wikipedia one, because is a good start point (and has references inside too) to get introduced to this stuff. Program Library Howto (Unix) Dynamic-Link Libraries (from MSDN) (Windows) DLL Information (StackOverflow) (Windows) Programming in C (Unix) An Overview of Compiling and Linking (Windows)

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  • How to ignore comments when reading a XML file into a XmlDocument?

    - by tunnuz
    Possible duplicate: How to remove all comment tags from XmlDocument Hello, I am trying to read a XML document with C#, I am doing it this way: XmlDocument myData = new XmlDocument(); myData.Load("datafile.xml"); anyway, I sometimes get comments when reading XmlNode.ChildNodes. For the benefit of who's experiencing the same requirement, here's how I did it at the end: /** Validate a file, return a XmlDocument, exclude comments */ private XmlDocument LoadAndValidate( String fileName ) { // Create XML reader settings XmlReaderSettings settings = new XmlReaderSettings(); settings.IgnoreComments = true; // Exclude comments settings.ProhibitDtd = false; settings.ValidationType = ValidationType.DTD; // Validation // Create reader based on settings XmlReader reader = XmlReader.Create(fileName, settings); try { // Will throw exception if document is invalid XmlDocument document = new XmlDocument(); document.Load(reader); return document; } catch (XmlSchemaException) { return null; } } Thank you Tommaso

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  • Copying pointers in C++

    - by tunnuz
    Hello, I have a class A containing two pointers to objects of another class B. I want to initialize one pointer or the other depending on which one is passed to init(), which also takes other parameters. My situation is thus the following: class A { public: A(); init(int parameter, int otherParameter, B* toBeInitialized); protected: B* myB; B* myOtherB; }; Now my point is that I want to call init() as: init(640, 480, this->myB); or init(640, 480, this->myOtherB); Now, my init is implemented as: void init( int parameter, int otherParameter, B* toBeInitialized ) { toBeInitialized = someConstructorFunction(parameter, otherParameter); } The problem is that the two pointers are not initialized, I suspect that toBeInitialized is overwritten, but the original parameter is not modified. I am doing something wrong? Should I use references to pointers? Thank you Tommaso

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  • .NET: How to ignore comments when reading a XML file into a XmlDocument?

    - by tunnuz
    Hello, I am trying to read a XML document with C#, I am doing it this way: XmlDocument myData = new XmlDocument(); myData.Load("datafile.xml"); anyway, I sometimes get comments when reading XmlNode.ChildNodes. Is there a way to avoid that? I know that you can avoid reading comments if you use XmlReader, but then, how to get the XmlDocument out of a XmlReader? Thank you Tommaso

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  • Is it possible to exit a for before time in C++, if an ending condition is reached?

    - by tunnuz
    Hello, I want to know if it is possible to end a for loop in C++ when an ending condition (different from the reacheing right number of iterations) is verified. For instance: for (int i = 0; i < maxi; ++i) for (int j = 0; j < maxj; ++j) // But if i == 4 < maxi AND j == 3 < maxj, // then jump out of the two nested loops. I know that this is possible in Perl with the next LABEL or last LABEL calls and labeled blocks, is it possible to do it in C++ or I should use a while loop? Thank you.

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