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    I am using the Dev C++ compiler and when I try and use a Window app to write code to it starts me off with a long list of code already. Now my question is where do I start to write my code? I can send the source over email if you'd like to see it.

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    In the WinMain function

    Just a suggestion - since you've never programmed before, don't jump right into Windows programming. Make some DOS apps first to get a feel for it, then move one after you feel comfortable with that.

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    At the moment I'm just playing around. I can't think of anything I can do in DOS (really easy!). Any ideas?

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    Windows already?

    What are you trying to compile? The Hello World code?
    I wouldn't mess around with Windows until you have a firm grasp on basic C++. Your school probably won't even let you take a Windows class until your third or fourth year in school...maybe second. Depends on how good you are....

    i don't know anything about Dev-C++, but is there a console app selection? If there is that's what you need to choose. It sounds like you're ended up in a Windows programming wizard. Hence all the code that was added...
    THIS IS NOT JUST A CHRONICLING OF THINGS WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST BUT OUR RISE TO POWER.

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    but is there a console app selection
    There most certainly is...

    Fool (I always feel like I'm insulting you when I say something), Go here!

    Learn the language, then start doing cool stuff!

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    Originally posted by Govtcheez
    Fool (I always feel like I'm insulting you when I say something)
    I don't take it that way. Thanks for the link. I'll mess around some on there. I'm not trying to really do much yet just joke around. I'll wait for class to really learn everything. Thanks for your help though.

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    Re: Question

    Originally posted by Fool
    I am using the Dev C++ compiler and when I try and use a Window app to write code to it starts me off with a long list of code already. Now my question is where do I start to write my code? I can send the source over email if you'd like to see it.

    -Fool
    Most of that code is used to create a window. A lot of
    code...

    Your code goes in the WinMain function. Here's a simple
    program that doesn't have a created-window. You can see
    how small it is compared to a program that has a window..
    (Eh, am I making sense?)

    Code:
    //Simple message-box program
    
    #include <windows.h>
    #include <windowsx.h>
    
    int WINAPI WinMain(HINSTANCE hinstance,
                       HINSTANCE hprevinstance,
                       LPSTR     lpcmdline,
                       int       ncmdshow)
    
    {
      //Code goes here. Window isn't created for this program.
      //Just a message box. 
    
      MessageBox(NULL, "Hello Fool!", "A message box",MB_OK);
      return 0;
    }


    Anyway, do what Govtcheez said. Start programming console-
    apps first. Most C/C++ books teach that first anyway.

    Goodbye
    Staying away from General.

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    Woh. 4 posts made while I was typing my reply. Why do I keep
    re-reading what I type? Maybe I have OCD? Eh.
    Staying away from General.

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    For some reason I cannot get the Hello World program to work anymore. A DOS window will come up for a second and leave. It will not stay up. Any ideas?

    -Fool

    #include <iostream.h>

    int main()
    {
    cout <<"Hello World!";
    return 0;
    }

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    That was the reason for the getch() at the end. Dev-C++ just runs its course and closes the DOS window unless you tell it to stop.

    Posted by static
    Maybe I have OCD?
    That's probably a good thing, being a programmer

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    I got the one from the other post...

    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <conio.h>

    int main(void)
    {
    printf("Hello World!");
    getch();
    return 0;
    }
    but isn't that just C? How would you write it in C++? Would it be...

    #include <iostream.h>

    int main()
    {
    cout << "Hello World!";
    return 0;
    }
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    Just a suggestion - since you've never programmed before, don't jump right into Windows programming. Make some DOS apps first to get a feel for it, then move one after you feel comfortable with that.
    Don't you mean Win32 console?
    I compile code with:
    Visual Studio.NET beta2

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    Fool:
    Just because you're writing in C++ doesn't mean you can't include code for C. If you include conio.h, you can still use getch without any problems.

    Dean:
    Of course that's what I meant, but since Fool's just starting, I didn't think it'd be a good idea to argue about what's DOS and what's Win32 console. The common thought of most newbies is that anything that looks like DOS is DOS.

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    Originally posted by Govtcheez
    The common thought of most newbies is that anything that looks like DOS is DOS.
    lolololololol

    I'm a n00b!

    -Fool

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