XNA Effect Compiling Tool


EffectCompilingTool.rar [41.5kb] – XNA GSE 1.0 Refresh Project w/ Binaries


I love the content pipeline in XNA, but for effects, like the author of the XNA Effect Generator understood and mentioned already, it’s just not practical.

I liked the XNA Effect Generator too, but I wanted to implement my own effect framework so the generated classes were not what I was looking for either. Besides I had some problems with it (localization issues, dreaded french accents…). So I made a little tool that gets the Xbox 360 and Windows byte-code out of a shader in a convenient format and presentation.

Here’s a screenshot to begin with…

Effect Compiling Tool

Basically, you browse for your file, and click on “Compile”. Then the byte-code appears. Simple as that!
It supports #include directives in the shader (which I adore and encourage to use) and should play well with just any shader.

The byte-code can then be used in an inheritor of the Effect class like so :

public MyEffect(GraphicsDevice device, EffectPool pool) : base(device, Code, CompilerOptions.PreferFlowControl, pool)
    // Initialize effect parameters, etc.

static byte[] Code
        return new byte[] {
#if XBOX360
            // Paste Xbox 360 byte-code
            // Paste Windows byte-code

And besides, it has the advantage of rendering reverse-engineering impossible. :)

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