Shader Coding - Best Practices

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Vertex Shaders

Note  For testing purposes, you can use a simple pass-through vertex shader:
#version 120
void main(void) {
        gl_Position = ftransform();
}


Fragment Shaders

Note  To check if your shader is working, add this as the last line, it should turn all pixels black:
gl_FragColor = vec4 (0.0,0.0,0.0,1.0);
Note  If the fragment isn't running, there should be an error message in the log file (I wish they'd still be written to the console). Might be that the texture isn't defined in the supporting framework for instance - the shader assumed that it is available, but you need to declare it in the matching C++ code/effect file first.
Note  This is how you can make a pixel darker:
gl_FragColor = color * 0.5;