Microsoft DirectX 9.0 and HLSL officially announced
The long wait with the constant searching for release links and gathering rumours about DX9 is finished at last. Today Microsoft officially announced the DirectX 9.0 along with the DirectX 9.0 Software Development Kit (SDK), including the HLSL (High-Level Shader Language).
I guess, there’s no need to describe Microsoft DirectX 9: "a group of technologies designed to make Windows-based computers an ideal platform for running and displaying applications rich in multimedia elements such as full-color graphics, video, 3D animation, and rich audio. DirectX 9.0 includes security and performance updates, along with many new features across all technologies, which can be accessed by applications using the DirectX 9.0 APIs".
Now you can download or just get more information about DirectX 9.0 here. Though, professionals better go to DirectX @ MSDN to find various variants of Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) along with the description of its key parts, including HLSL brief.
Naturally, the DirectX 9.0 support has already been announced by graphics market leaders: ATI Technologies announced the final DirectX 9.0-enabled CATALYST 3.0 drivers; NVIDIA announced the complete DirectX 9.0 support in the new Detonator drivers.
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