Win32 API Tutorials?

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    Win32 API Tutorials?

    What did you use to learn how to program in the Win32 API? I have a few books but they really never mention much about the Win32 API. Right now I know a good amount of console program and I think I'm ready to learn an API and I was recomended to learn Win32 so... uh, that's why I'm asking where to find good basic Win32 tutorials.

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    I plan on learning Win32 API once I'm done with my current project (game).

    Where do I plan on learning it? Well, right here. I've looked over the very first Win32 API tutorial and it was sufficient enough that I don't feel the need to buy a book on it.

    I'm going to be learning Win32 API for the same reason you are...I see a lot people suggesting that to be the first API one should learn.

    Just out of curiousity how long have you been programming? Also, what type of programs have you created? Overall, how much time would you say you have invested into programming? I'm only asking you this for my own personal reference. I feel as if I'm ready to start learning Win32 API, as I mentioned before, and I want to compare my answers to these questions to your answers to actually see if I am ready or not.

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    I dont like GameTutorials.com, although, its probly because im too lazy to download them

    i learned Win32 API From http://www.winprog.org/tutorial/

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    I recommend picking up Programming Windows 5th Edition by Charles Petzold. The guy is very smart , maybe a little too smart. Anyway I learned very much about the Win32 API from this book. Just for your information he has a windows logo tatooed on his arm. Now if that's not brand loyalty I don't know what is. This guys knows his stuff.
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    reply to TechWin or whatever your name was :)

    >>how long have you been programming?
    Um... a few weeks I think
    >>Also, what type of programs have you created?
    Console programs with classes, functions, and other c++ stuff
    >>Overall, how much time would you say you have invested into programming?
    I've been getting a lot of homework lately so I haven't been doing much lately but I invest a fairly good amount of time in programming. Of course, I want to learn how to program for the same reason most n00bs do. To make games . Viva la RPGs!
    Hey, you gotta start somewhere

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    Um... a few weeks I think
    Wow, that seems pretty good to already start learning Win32 API.

    Of course, I want to learn how to program for the same reason most n00bs do. To make games
    Have you created any console based games yet?

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    nope no games yet in console. I just don't really think it's neccesary to spend much time on a console game. Just as long as I understand the elements of C++, I think it's time to move on. It wouldn't hurt anyways, I could go back if I have to.

    As for now I've learned how to make a basic window in the Win32 API, and that's pretty much it. Lol. I've only spent about 15 minutes on the WinAPI so far so cut me some slack.
    Hey, you gotta start somewhere

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    Question

    by the way .. WHAT IS THE DIFFERECES between API and APISHELL and SELLAPI?
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