You should consider taking the time to learn them. The advantages they offer over regular arrays is similar to the advantages the C++ string class has over C style strings.Originally Posted by Ktulu
However, you can still follow the advice with char arrays instead of vectors. The important point is that you should still be using C++ strings, and when you can't (like with GetWindowText) you try to minimize the use of C style strings to as small a scope as possible. Basically, follow the idea of Ken Fitlike's example below, except use char arrays instead of vector, and you will still be able to use C++ strings successfully.