MSVC++ specific problem

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    MSVC++ specific problem

    Hey all,

    I'm looking to dabble a little in some basic DirectX, but I can't really see myself getting far at the moment because I have a problem with the IDE.

    When I use one of my functions or classes, or Win32 ones, the IDE brings up a box that helps me to know what arguments a function takes or the members of a class/struct. But after installing DirectX SDK, when I use something from DX, I get no such help.

    As you can imagine, I don't want to have to refer to the reference material all the time. Incidentally, ZeroMemory() is a win32 function where MSVC++ won't show the args either.

    Thanks, I hope that was clear enough.
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    I believe after you compile the project and link the libraries once, after that it will give you tooltips on functions it finds in those headers/libraries. I've never found out exactly how it gets its info, actually -- I've had it continue to give tips for functions which no longer existed, and it may take time to get functions to show up.

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    Hmm... thanks cat, I linked and compiled but nothing going on yet.
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    IntelliSense is not perfect. It has severe difficulties looking into the macro-based declarations of the DirectX (and most COM) header files. The result is that you usually don't get the tooltips.

    VC++7 and 7.1 are better than 6 there, but still not perfect.

    IntelliSense also fails when you get template-heavy, like a typedef of a template-dependent typedef (typedef string::iterator iter).
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    Thanks CornedBee, that's a little dissapointing. I'll just have to start saving up for 2003 .NET I suppose.
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    include the d3d or ddraw header file explicitly in the project and they
    should get recognized.

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    Thanks wledge but I am, and always have been, explicitly including d3d9.h
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    try reinstalling with the libraries in place...
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    On the subject of DirectX, I'm by no means an expert on C++ or Win32 API, but I was thinking that I probably know enough to look at being able to write graphical games. In the hopes of furthering my C++ and Win32 knowledge while writing the games, because I'm at that point where I can't really think of anything to do in Console. Is this wise or not?

    Sorry to double post but I thought it more appropriate than creating another new thread.

    EDIT: It was a double post when I typed it.
    Last edited by HybridM; 07-29-2003 at 04:45 AM.
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    I don't know your actual skill, but you can of course try. I think you will notice soon enough if your skill is insufficient
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