[newbie] repainting window

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    [newbie] repainting window

    hey hey... just started windows programming today... looked through some tutorials but alittle lost... wondering if someone can help me with a simple question

    i have a background color in my window but when i resize it the background color is lost... not quite sure how i would keep the background color..

    Do I need to use a PaintStruct? (i don't even know what it is )

    LRESULT CALLBACK WndProc (HWND hwnd, UINT iMsg, WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam)
    static int counter = 0;

    switch (iMsg)

    HBRUSH hbrush;
    HDC hdc;
    RECT client_window;
    hdc = GetDC(hwnd);
    counter = counter + 1;

    if (counter == 1)
    hbrush = CreateSolidBrush(RGB(255, 64, 43));
    else if (counter == 2)
    hbrush = CreateSolidBrush(RGB(89, 65, 0));
    else if (counter == 3)
    hbrush = CreateSolidBrush(RGB(55, 0, 56));

    case WM_DESTROY:

    return DefWindowProc (hwnd, iMsg, wParam, lParam);

    I know i need "case WM_PAINT:" in there but i'm not sure what to put after that. Do i need "case WM_SIZE:" ?

    also did i free memory properly or am i missin' something?

    thnx in advance for any kind of help

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    train spotter
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    Aug 2001
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    Cut that code out of the callback.

    Put it in a function.

    Call the function in response to any msg you think will clear the background.

    That will 'patch' your problem.

    Watch out. You are freeing a brush you have not created if counter != 1 || 2 || 3
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    Ah thnx.. ill give the function a try....

    oh i didnt' realize that the brush wasn't created yet...

    HBRUSH hbrush; <----- this doesn't create the brush?

    hbrush = CreateSolidBrush(RGB(255, 64, 43)); <----- this does?

    am i right..?

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    STRUCT *pStruct=NULL;//this is the pointer to the struct

    pStruct=(STRUCT *)GlobalAlloc(GHND,sizeof(STRUCT));//this 'creates' the mem and must be free'ed later

    Same for your GDI resources. CreateXX() and GetXX() are alloc'ing these resources.

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