DLLs? anyone?

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    Question DLLs? anyone?

    I was reading a product overview at microsoft.com about VC++ .net and I come across a DLL. I know what it stands for, 'cause its pretty obvious, but I don't understand how would one use them.

    I know its a library, but of what? Trems? Words? Pics?

    And do people that use C++ (not vc++) use them?

    I did a *.dll search on my c drive and nearly overheated my brain!
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    Dll

    edit: much better explanation by poly

    .lib vs .h vs .dll

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    ok, i feal stupid

    maybe i should of had done a search on my question like the forum rules say!
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    Description at Microsost sit about dll files ..
    Link of Description.. is
    http://www.microsoft.com/accessdev/a...12.HTM#Dynamic
    Dynamic-link libraries (DLLs) are a key feature of Microsoft Windows. As the name suggests, a DLL is a library of procedures that applications can link to and use at run time rather than link to statically at compile time. This means that DLLs can be updated independently of the application, and many applications can share a single DLL. Microsoft Windows is itself composed of several DLLs that contain the procedures all applications use to perform their activities, such as displaying windows and graphics, managing memory, and so on. These procedures are sometimes referred to as the Windows application programming interface (API).
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    Originally posted by Liger86
    ok, i feal stupid

    maybe i should of had done a search on my question like the forum rules say!
    No questions are stupid, even if you didn't search :P

    Good luck, happy programming.

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    Ok, maybe I don't feal that stupid...

    But, those guys didn't give good enough description of what I want to know.

    Like how do you make them. And do people who program with c++ use it, and to what extent
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    Originally posted by Liger86
    Ok, maybe I don't feal that stupid...

    But, those guys didn't give good enough description of what I want to know.

    Like how do you make them. And do people who program with c++ use it, and to what extent
    Well of course they use it, and often to a very large extent, such as with games. To create them you can select "dll" on MSVC++ off the new menu, to find out what to do from there a quick search for "dll" on the boards or "creating a dll" on google will help.

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    How you make and how you use DLL's is very depended on OS and compiler. In Windows you just need to call loadLibrary() if i recall, Although I may be off.

    Unices have files similar to dll's as well. They are called shared objects.

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