Any tutorials on a custom gui?

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    Any tutorials on a custom gui?

    Could someone direct me to a tutorial on how to make a custom gui, such as in windows media player or windows live messenger. I have tried googling, but I haven't found anything.

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    Until you can build a working general purpose reprogrammable computer out of basic components from radio shack, you are not fit to call yourself a programmer in my presence. This is cwhizard, signing off.

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    I bought the first one. Thanks for the recommendations.

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    [my two cents]Ew. With very few exceptions, I hate custom GUIs. This is one of the things I dislike about windows, is the utter lack of a common gui with common functionality. So many programmers feel the need to reinvent the wheel, and I end up seeing applications that are skinned to look like XP, but I'm on Vista. Very. EW.

    Please, think twice before you reinvent wheels. [/my two cents]
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    Actually I wouldn't use this for an actual program. I just want to know how it's done. That kind of thing bugs me too.

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    Follow this link for an excellent article on Win32 Window Skinning.

    With that out of the way, I must say that I hate custom skined applications too. Yet Microsoft is responsible for that. Visual Studio 2003 had two different scroll bars displayed all the time - one was classic Win2K and the other was new XP style.

    And they legitimized it all with "Office look" that was different than both old Windows and new Windows XP. Now we have what we have - total chaos.
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