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    I've got the basics down...

    now how do I create a program like Word. GUI, I think it's called, where you can type stuff in, go back and change it, click stuff, and so on?

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    lol. GUI=graphical user interface. It's not quite that simple. You need to know more than the basics, and then you need to study either the win32 API--->a 1500 page book, or study Visual C++-->500 page book.

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    aww...man...Well....I've read up to classes in my trusty idiots guide to C++ book...is that enough?

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    no. But Rpgtoolkit was made by one person.

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    As far as C++ goes, you need to know about inheritance and virtual functions and polymorphism too.

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    Zelda, you have a reeeeaaaallllyy long way to go Even those who are adept in C++ classes <i>will</i> have a hard time adjusting to GUI programming.

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    Here's a link to a Windows tutorial

    "Programming Windows" by Charles Petzold is generally considered the best book on the subject. And yes, it's almost 1500 pages.

    Windows programming is rather involved. Petzold's "Hello Windows" program is about 50 lines of code. However, he only uses C. (You don't need to know classes, polymorphism... or any C++ features to get started.) Petzold focuses on the GUI/user interface. So, although his examples are not short, his program logic / algorithms are not complex.

    You can start learning windows programming as you continue to learn C++.

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    If you want it done faster you could build the GUI in Java and use JNI.
    http://www.acm.org/crossroads/xrds4-2/jni.html
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    C++ is the language. To program Windows you need to use the Win32 API, or a class library like MFC or VCL, but I would always advocate learning at least the basics of the API before trying a class library.

    Attached is a really basic Windows program.

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    I suggest making it a console application, I made a simple text editor in that and that wasn't that hard. Then like everyone said, after a while move to Windows. (something I'm not up to in skill yet.. )

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