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    Question about memorizing thousands of API func calls

    I'm wondering about memorizing API function calls (such as Win32 API) for making windows is an ethical thing to do. I don't believe it to, as I can have a book and source in front of me, and so long as I understand how to manipulate the code, I should be fine, right?

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    Don't try to memorize the entire API. However, even if you have a map to show you which way to go it makes your life easier if you pay attention along the way and memorize common roads/turns/etc., much of which comes with repitition. Same with use of an API
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    Agree with elad. Being ethical has nothing to do with it. Practically, vew few people will be able to perfectly remember all the details of a largish API, such as win32 --- the human mind isn't designed for storing lots of data perfectly. It is a good idea to grasp a few basics of an API you use regularly (eg nomenclature used in help files, the names of functions used to do thigns you often do), and then know where to find the information you need (eg the help files, a good reference book, etc etc)

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    I'm wondering about memorizing API function calls (such as Win32 API) for making windows is an ethical thing to do.
    No, it's a waste of time and what I would call personal brain space. All you need is a single word to look up what you need in your helpfile. You will memorize the calls you need often anyway and if you don't need them that often, looking it up in a helpfile is perfectly acceptable.
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    I've been doing C for 15 years now, and I haven't even bothered to memorise the precedence table. Sure I know what all the operators are and roughly what the precedence is, but to list them all in precedence order right first time would be a bit tricky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salem
    Being able to memorise a pack of cards doesn't make you a good poker player.
    ...but, memorizing the distinct marks you put on the back of the cards will win you a lot of money in poker
    i seem to have GCC 3.3.4
    But how do i start it?
    I dont have a menu for it or anything.

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