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    Need Guidance

    Hi,

    I need to start C/C++ again - its been about 2 years that i have not coded using these languages. I have the basic knowledge of C/C++ (OOP, OOA) i need to enhance my knowledge to know more about VC, WINAPI and operating system concepts.

    What i am looking for is some guidance from you .. in term of which book should i follow for C/C++, WINAPI and OS Concepts.
    Can any one give me some assignment or use case in which i can implement and practice my knowledge

    Please guide me .. .

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    Charels Petzold will be the author, he's written several books on the subject of Windows programming:
    http://books.google.com/books?as_aut...gational&hl=en

    Edit: Link to author's own book page:
    http://www.charlespetzold.com/books.htm

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    well most of these books are for either 95 or win 98 .. i want to prepare myself with latest windows .. and with latest OS concepts.

    the books will be good to enhance my C/C++ concepts but how about OS concepts.

    + any scneario to which should i implement to enhance my knowledge.

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    Aside from a few minor things, the API inside Windows Vista and Windows NT 4.0 are essentially identical, and the Windows 98 interface has a bunch of functions that only got into Windows NT5.0/5.1 (2000/XP). Since the book covers Win98, it is sufficient for 99% of all usage of Windows API - you need to be doing something pretty special to ever have to know the difference. [This applies to user-mode programming - driver writers are a different matter - but if you haven't done much Windows programming / driver programming, you shouldn't have to care about that].

    As to computer/OS architecture in general, perhaps this one would be a choice:
    http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educa...USS_01DBC.html

    I heard that there is a 4th edition, but the Tanenbaum website itself doesn't say so.
    http://www.cs.vu.nl/~ast/

    If you think "Who's this Tanenbaum guy", I guess you should consider that Linux would probably not have existed if Linus Torvalds hadn't been reading his book [the one I recommend above] and thought to himself "Hmm, this OS stuff sounds interesting, I'll see if I can write my own".

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    well most of these books are for either 95 or win 98 .. i want to prepare myself with latest windows .. and with latest OS concepts.
    In that case, you might want to look into .NET. Microsoft seems to be pushing .NET over WinAPI. Petzold has a free online book (which I have not yet read) to get you started.

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