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    do you guys think it would be hard for me to learn windows programming. I know the most part of c++ i think. i taught C++to myself and im only 15 looking to have a job in game programming in the future.

    you guys have any insight on ne thing?

    trust me i have the willingness to learn.
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    I would look into different graphics related things if your interested in game programming, have a look at http://www.gamedev.net for some tutorials and resources.

    I recomend starting out learning SDL and making a few classic games like pong etc.

    You can do anything you set your mind to, good luck.

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    Once you get going windows programming is easy and there are some good tutorials like www.winprog.org/tutorial just keep practising and you will get there.

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    I'll recommend 1 thing for you: Make sure you understand everything as you go. I've tried to learn Windows programming several times and couldn't get it at all until I went back over a tutorial and said:
    "Okay, this is WinMain() and right here it creates the window and here it sets the background..." It's okay to read aloud (in your own house). I do it
    Hope that helps,
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    I think a new version of the WIN32 API will be coming out soon 2006? with longhorn i dont think Microsoft will totally recode it but i hope they make some changes to allow for faster development.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuh
    I'll recommend 1 thing for you: Make sure you understand everything as you go. I've tried to learn Windows programming several times and couldn't get it at all until I went back over a tutorial and said:
    "Okay, this is WinMain() and right here it creates the window and here it sets the background..." It's okay to read aloud (in your own house). I do it
    Hope that helps,
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    Another good technique is to just stare at the screen until you get it. Like Sake said in one of his posts, just keep trying, and pretty soon you'll be like: "aha!".

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    I learnt D3D/WIN32 by printing out everything then going outside siting on a nice beach chair and staring at the code until i got it took me only a day or so to learn the WIN32 API then move onto D3D.

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    Your learned win32 api in one day wow thats amazing
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    prog-bman remembering C++ was my first language i think i did quite good

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    Wow mine too I wish I was as good as you........
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    Join Date : Aug 2002 , Join Date: Oct 2004 you have been learning C++ for alot longer than me.

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    If you're so good, when are you going to start giving some useful advice?

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    would a good book to begin learning be sams teach yourself game programming in 24 hours
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    Quote Originally Posted by GamingMarvel
    would a good book to begin learning be sams teach yourself game programming in 24 hours
    I have that book, and I think it is good for learning Windows, although it doesn't explain much sometimes. I personally learned more from free online tutorials.
    Hope that helps,
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    Windows programming is very confusing.

    Some things make a lot of sense, such as messages, but it will take a while to get your head round. To be honest, I've only been learning C for a few months and there's still a lot of stuff I don't get.

    Learning all of the functions is tough, and easy to forget. For example, I have made a 3D pong game using OpenGL. The paddle followed the mouse cursor, and all worked fairly well.

    Earlier today I first saw the ScreenToClient function. This would have simplified things no end, but instead I ended up doing some right bodgery to get it working. The main reason I have joined this forum is because I would like to learn more about C and feel that having my mistakes ridiculed would be the best way to do it.

    To be honest I'm in two minds whether or not to forget about Windows programming and see if Linux programming is any easier.

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