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Many of us wish to create our own video games. For some, gaming is a hobby, and
for others it is something fun to participate in casually. But for the rest of us,
gaming and the dream of making our own games is more like a passion. Chances
are, if you’ve purchased this book, you are looking to turn your desire and passion
into something you can play and share with others.
Pixel Shaders are one of the more powerful graphic tools available for XAML programmers.
I first encountered them in the Windows Presentation Foundation 3.5 SP1 release
and was completely smitten. It didn’t take long to learn that I could create custom
shaders, commonly called Effects in WPF, and add them to my projects. Excited by the
prospect, I started my research and soon learned that shaders are written in a language
called High Level Shader Language (HLSL). I like programming challenges and learning
new technologies, so I set off to learn more about custom shaders.