Whats the jargon for this.
I am trying to find out how to do something in c++ but I don't know the lingo for what you would call it. I am trying to make an aplications I guess. A window that has some icons and does things.....I guess like an internet explorer. I hope this makes sense. What do you call these, GUI? API? What are those things?
Assuming we're in a Microsoft world....
I usually just call it "Windows programming", but I think "Windows GUI programming" would be the most clear. i.e. "I'm writing a Windows GUI program".
You might also see "WinAPI", "Win32", and "Win32 API".
The API is actually part of the Windows operating system. Microsoft Visual C++ (and any and other Windows compiler) has a "Windows library". The windows library has a couple-thousand functions that make use of the WinAPI. The <windows> header also includes a ship-load of typedefs and structures... just to make things interesting. :)
If the tutorial recommended by prog-bman doesn't scare you off, I recommed the book Programming Windows, by Charles Petzold. This is the standard book for learning Windows Programming. Just about every Windows programmer owns a copy of this book.