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    looking for Windows Programming in C book...

    Just like the subject says, I am looking for a book on Windows Programming in C. After consulting some more experienced programmers, I have come to the conclusion that I should learn C before I learn C++ (what I orignally intended to learn). I want to make some simple windows programs to start. I have very little programming experience, and have worked a little in C++ making dinky console apps. Any reccomendation for a book would be helpful. It will go along side with my C Programming book by K&R.
    Thanks!

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    Definitely be "Programming Windows" by Charles Petzold.

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    ok cool! Would everything in windows programming be the same in Winxp as it is in win98? Cause I know xp looks different hehe.

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    Well the basics are the same. The book is not THAT new. I'm not sure about getting the xp interface though.

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    ok, so should I use win98 instead of xp pro? Those are the only 2 windows I have.

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    Use Xp pro. What you program will definitely work on xp pro, what i said not sure was refering to the specific interface features available on xp, not the core windows programming functions.

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    >>so should I use win98 instead of xp pro?

    Both are very, very similar. Code should be reasonable portable between them. If you use the latest functions you should be OK.

    ie InitCommonControlsEx() rather than InitCommonControls()

    Test on both as NT based Windows is stricter but I doulbt you will see a any diff. (Read the help as it will tell which OS's support which versions of the WIN32 API functions)

    I would get Petzold's, it is very good, OH, and ignore Troll King, as he isn't.
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    Thanks guys! That cleared up a lot of things. I will be getting the Petzoid book this weekend and will begin my journey! Wish me luck

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