Windows.h and other documentation

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    Unhappy Windows.h and other documentation

    i cannot seem to find proper documentation on windows.h/ a decent (free) intro to windows windowed(that sounds weird) programming as well as documentation to many of the header files included with most compilers (i use dev c++). my ISP ate itself thismorning (goto dslreports.com and look up wideopenwest.com) and its very hard to navigate the internet right now (oh goto the profile of "zlixar" on dslreports.com and look at some of my tests today compared to past times lol) so forgive me if its eazy to find im just not finding it .

    thank you very much for your help in advance

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    i'm sorry..but for me..i got books and they provide very well documention for the windows.h header file..windows.h header file is the "mother of all header files" that includes alot of header files...and i mean alot...so its going to hard to get a documention all of them..thats why i got a book...but i could be wrong
    nextus, the samurai warrior

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    A good book is your best bet, or try http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp

    gg

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    Yeah, you'll have to ge a book. "Programming Windows" by Charles Ptezold is good... but I don't think it's 100% complete. I think Petzold says that there are over 1000 Windows API functions, and my copy is outdated! I'm not sure that there is any complete reference other than your compiler help files, which aren't very helpful unless you know what function you're looking up.

    I have another book similer to Petzold's... I'll edit my post if I remember the author.

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    It's Herbert Schildt.... Just read another thread... people saying bad things about him... His windows book isn't too bad. Sometimes one of the books has more info on a particular topic, or has a better explaination than the other. In fact, that's why I bought Schildt's book.
    Last edited by DougDbug; 03-04-2003 at 01:50 PM.

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    MSDN is the most up to date resource out there.

    Also, you can download the current Platform SDK from Microsoft...that will give you coverage of the API and you dont need to be online to sue it

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    msdn asks you to cough up $1,037 for Visual C++ software, and well damn theres no middle finger smiley lol.

    well i went and read all of the cprogramming.com C++ tutorials... got a good hang of it (6th programming language... not to hard to pick up) and then went and looked at a simple bot program for battle.net. couldnt understand alot of it. why?

    Code:
    //
    // PCH.H
    //
    
    #define  STRICT
    #include <windows.h>
    #include <wininet.h>
    #include <winsock.h>
    #include <assert.h>
    #include <limits.h>
    #include <process.h>
    #include <stddef.h>
    #include <tchar.h>
    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    #include <time.h>
    #include <malloc.h>
    #include <string.h>
    #include <ctype.h>
    #include <signal.h>
    
    #include "greetbot.h"
    *mouth drops open* nowhere is there documentation on anything but the standard library headers online.... am i screwed to paying up for some bady written C++ for dip$$$$s book or is there a GOOD, WELL WRITTEN solution? because every programming book ive ever bought blows can anyone recommend anything that would help here?

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    book: The Complete Reference to C++ 3rd Edition
    by: Herbert Schildt

    web: msdn.microsoft.com

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    I've heard that book is evil! They say the errors in it would humiliate a sophomore computer science student, and there is even a term "bullschildt" to describe an incorrect statement about C.
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    msdn asks you to cough up $1,037 for Visual C++ software
    You can get the standard (cheap) version of Visual C++ for about $100. If you already are using dev c++... well, MSVC++ is just a different compiler that you'll have to get used to. It doesn't come with a complete book either... the help files are complete, but if you don't know exactly what you're looking up... well, I need a book!

    Actually, msdn is (at least) two different things. You can subscribe to (pay) msdn and get the Visual Studio software and tons of CDs with helpful stuff on 'em. Or, you can go to the web site and get most (maybe all) of the info (not the software) free.

    book: The Complete Reference to C++ 3rd Edition
    by: Herbert Schildt
    I have a different (windows specific) Schildt book. It's called "Programming Windows 98". I dunno if he's updated it. As with Petzold's book, his windows book assumes that you already know C.

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