Im a junior in highschool and i wanted to start a programming club at my school to learn C++ cuz the programming courses here only taught us visual basic, html, Mysql, and PHP. I picked up a C++ book last week and started going through it a bit. I can do a few simple things so far like type out hello world, declare variables, and make a function. What I really want out of this though is to do something cool or actually useful with the language thats more interesting than making a simple hang man game. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Also, I hate how everything i do comes up in DOS. How do i make a program that will have buttons and backgrounds like a real windows app?