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    Hello, I'm new here, and just getting into programming. I just have a few simple questions, and hope some of you can guide me in the right direction.

    I want to start making programs for WINDOWS ONLY, and I'm going to be working on WINDOWS PLATFORMS only. Will I be ok by just using C and C++ or will I need to learn a different or an additional language? I'm talking general programming here(mini-applications, gaming, random programming, etc etc...), not multi-million dollar projects...

    My 2nd and final question: If I'll be making programs for windows environment only (for now), I'm thinkin of using microsoft visual C++ to get started. Is that a good option? can I work with C in visual C++?

    again, I'm new and just starting out...Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvzon
    I want to start making programs for WINDOWS ONLY, and I'm going to be working on WINDOWS PLATFORMS only. Will I be ok by just using C and C++ or will I need to learn a different or an additional language?
    Those languages are suitable, though you will have to learn libraries beyond the standard libraries, and sometimes this is akin to learning a new language.

    Quote Originally Posted by dvzon
    If I'll be making programs for windows environment only (for now), I'm thinkin of using microsoft visual C++ to get started. Is that a good option? can I work with C in visual C++?
    Yes, yes, if you use a .c extension for your source files and/or configure to compile as C. In the case of C++, it is pertinent that you use MSVC7.1 or later (corresponding to Visual Studio 2003 or later).
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    If you are planning to work on windows only - you could choose .Net environment (not that it is not available for Linux as well) - and IMHO best lang for it is C#
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    Win32 API, tough to learn but useful. i learned it using C, but you can
    also use C++ if you want. a good reference and tutorial is TheForger's
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    most C++ Compilers also support C. however, C compilers dont support C++.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vart View Post
    If you are planning to work on windows only - you could choose .Net environment (not that it is not available for Linux as well) - and IMHO best lang for it is C#
    I agree, if I was starting again I would learn C#.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UltraKing227 View Post
    Win32 API, tough to learn but useful. i learned it using C, but you can
    also use C++ if you want. a good reference and tutorial is TheForger's
    (winprog.net).
    Thanks for sharing the good tutorial.
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