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User defined functions are supported, and a wide variety of commonly used functions are provided built-in as well. This allows the graphics card manufacturer the ability to optimize these built-in functions at the hardware level if they are inclined to do so. Many of these functions are similar to those found in the math library of the C programming language such as <code>exp()</code> and <code>abs()</code> while others are specific to graphics programming such as <code>smoothstep()</code> and <code>texture2D()</code>.
== Shader types ==
=== Effects file ===
The effects file is the mechanism we use to combine and manipulate all the necessary data to create stunning visual effects. It's the link between the data contained and produced in Nasal, XML and the property tree and the graphics rendering pipeline. It's there to allow us to create these affects without having to know or use the C++ code base. Its flexible framework allows for an almost infinite range of sophisticated effects.
==== Parameters ====