Dos Graphic....kinda

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    Dos Graphic....kinda

    if i wanted to create a program in console enviroment, and surround it with something simple like *, how would i go about that? All the turtorials I can find is based on windows stuff, i'm talking about good ole dos type. Even a point in the right direction would be helpful. Heres kinda what i mean.

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    *******************************
    *-----------------------------*
    *-----------------------------*
    *-----------------------------*
    *---------program-here--------*
    *-----------------------------*
    *-----------------------------*
    *-----------------------------*
    *-----------------------------*
    *******************************

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    Do you mean you want your program to display that or you want your source code to look like that......?
    Last edited by Siggy; 10-13-2004 at 11:47 PM. Reason: grammar mistake

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    the program

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    I want my program to run after its compiled to run inside the *'s.

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    example:
    you could do something like this although i am not sure this is what you mean.

    Code:
    cout << "********************" << endl;
    cout <<"*                                      *" << endl;
    cout <<"*      Put ur program        *" << endl;
    cout <<"*                here               *" << endl;
    cout <<"*                                      *" << endl;
    cout << "********************" << endl;
    again im not sure if this is what you mean but i tried......

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    aaaah! it messed up the code o well u know what i mean.
    Last edited by Siggy; 10-13-2004 at 11:55 PM. Reason: grammar

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    tried something similar, hmmm...maybe that will work, thanks. Sorry I couldn't better explain what I meant.

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    That'd work.
    Another suggestion which I'll put out there is to play around with <iomanip>, and the modifying the alignment, fill and width properties for cout so that it will (sort of) automatically do that stuff for you.

    I generally ignore the formatting of output streams (with the code I deal with, that stuff is usually long buried or somewhat irrelevant), so I can't be of much more help than to just point to the idea.
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    Sounds like you need to create some kind of primitive window manager, where the *'s are drawn as the window border by the window manager.

    Perhaps http://en.tldp.org/HOWTO/NCURSES-Programming-HOWTO/
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