Relativly new to c++, how do I make application interfaces?

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    Relativly new to c++, how do I make application interfaces?

    Well, I have oodles of asp and php expereince, as well as visual basic experience, but I cannot find how to make an interface anywhere online. If there is no such thing as an interface (maybe its called something else in c++) then I want to make a something like a form in visual basic.

    Can anyone direct to me to a good tutorial site on making interfaces.

    PS. i know a small amount of c++ such as using files to store and extract data, strings, loops, arrays, structures ect. Just the basics of DOS programming.

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    What compiler are you using? I know MS VC++ IDE has a forms designer in it much like what is found in the VB IDE.

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    The newest version of DEV c++.

    Is the above compiler you mentioned free?
    I need a free compiler for now, but I hope to get Visual C++ some time next year.

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    Err... This point comes up often. Some advice:
    1. Focus on learning basic C++. Pointers, structures/classes, and polymorphism, etc should be well understood.
    2. There are many options. On Windows you can use WinAPI or MFC. There are also a lot of cross platform libraries gtk, wxWidgets, Qt, etc. To make effective use of a lot of these, you really should know basic C++ fairly well.
    3. All that said, I know you can make "forms" and the like with a) Borland C++Builder and its VCL library in Windows, or b) Qt Designer on the platforms it supports (Linux, Windows, etc).
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    I am assuming that I get the c++ builder. Which one of these would have the form builder in it?

    http://www.borland.com/products/down..._cbuilder.html

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    Not the free version. (Though the free compiler is a nice one.)
    At any rate, I'd still be wary of starting too early with this. Good C++ requires a different style to your coding than does good VB and the like, so being forced to work in less familiar territory could be beneficial to learning.

    I think Qt designer is free, but to use the free Windows version of the library, you need the VC++ compiler (the compiler itself might be available for free, perhaps someone else would know).
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    I would have to agree with Zach on this, you really should have a sound understanding of the language prior to jumping into windows form design. At any rate I know that VC++ ver 6 is floating around the internet for free.

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    >>you need the VC++ compiler (the compiler itself might be available for free, perhaps someone else would know).

    FREE: Latest Optimizing MSVC++ Compiler With Latest MS-CRT and MS-STL !!
    I'm assuming you don't need the resource editor?

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    VC6 for free? I doubt it. Probably an illegal copy.
    I paid a couple hundred for it a few years ago And now VC 2005 is free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andyhunter
    I would have to agree with Zach on this, you really should have a sound understanding of the language prior to jumping into windows form design. At any rate I know that VC++ ver 6 is floating around the internet for free.

    where? i tried looking in bit torrent, kazaa and dc++, couldnt find it.

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    Get VC 2005. It's more standards compliant, and it's free (legally). You can download the Windows platform sdk from MS too, search for it on google.
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    There was a learning edition that MS did a year or so ago that was offered up for free. I remember seeing it in some intro to C books and references to it on the net

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    >>in some intro to C books
    That's at least 50 bucks for it.

    >>and references to it on the net
    That's more believable, though I'm still skeptical.

    In any case, it's bad for standards compliance and rather crippled. Get VS 2005, it's free
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    Or get the command line tools of VS 2003, they're free too.
    All the buzzt!
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    currently downloading VS 2005 as we speak, both C++ and Visual Basic. Visual Basic is easy, hopefully ill get the hang of C++ quickly.
    Plus by march when the beta version expires, ill be able to afford it.

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    >>by march when the beta version expires
    It expires?? I just hope it's not crippleware... lol
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