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    Best way to go about programming windows.

    I'v been programming as a hobby for a few years on and off now but i am going to start to get right into it and learn as much as i can, the direction i want to go is towards programming windows applications, i recently bought 2 C++ books but i was wondering is learning C++ then moving onto windows apps the best way to go ?

    I brought these 2 book.

    Mike Mcgrath - C++ programming in easy steps, Fourth edition &
    Schaum's outlines - programming with C++ second edition.

    I don't have trouble understanding these books, i mean, bit by bit i work out how things work, but is this a good strat on my road to progamming windows apps ?

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    Well it's always good to have a good grasp on the language itself before moving on to implementing GUI applications because you will still need to be at ease with the language to write code for it. Once you feel you have a good grasp on the major concepts of C++ you could start looking at Win32 API tutorials like The Forger's (which is regarded as one of the best tutorials on this matter out there I think).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexandre View Post
    Well it's always good to have a good grasp on the language itself before moving on to implementing GUI applications because you will still need to be at ease with the language to write code for it. Once you feel you have a good grasp on the major concepts of C++ you could start looking at Win32 API tutorials like The Forger's (which is regarded as one of the best tutorials on this matter out there I think).
    yeah cool that makes sense, i got another question off topic tho, how do you remember everything, i mean there is so much to the language seems like more than the english language how are you supposed to remember all the information ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruiser View Post
    H do you remember everything, i mean there is so much to the language seems like more than the english language how are you supposed to remember all the information ?
    You never have to remember everything.
    You just have to know where to look for information regarding it .
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    Quote Originally Posted by manasij7479 View Post
    You never have to remember everything.
    You just have to know where to look for information regarding it .
    OK cool, that makes me feel better

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    Though you will start to remember what you use most often but don't try to memorize all the parameters of the WNDCLASSEX structure for example. When using the Win32 API, the MSDN (Microsoft Developper Network) is a *great* ressource once you know your way around it and know what you're looking for.

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    It would be even better (and easier) if you skipped the Win32 API and went for a C++ GUI framework such as Qt.
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