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    starting windows programming

    I used to console appl. programming using C++ where i am familiar to loops , functions , classes , pointers and arrayes and i wish i could start windows programming can u tell me what r the prequiesties before i should start it?

    and which is better for me to start windows programming with VC++ or with C#(which i didnt try before)

    and i am sorry if my questions seems trivial

    Thanks in advance

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    Look here its not too good to start win32 programming but has some tutorials. There are not many win32 tutorials (or perhaps Iam not good at finding good ones for c++.)

    I recomend by starting learning windows api. The first api you should learn how to use in my opinion is CreateWindow and CreateWindowEx Functions. After that learn RegisterClass/Ex.

    Here Is a tutorial that I recently found. It starts from the beggining. The more you learn the easier it would be for you to find tutorials for your self. Anyway if you have MSVC then click file>new and select "win32 aplication". Name your project click ok and select "simple aplication" click ok. Goto the site above and skip down until you reach "about microsoft windows messages" and start there. Thats what it tells you to do in the first section. If you don't understand you can read there.

    Hope this helps!

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    Hi,

    Years ago, when I first started learning Windows programming, I wrote in C and learned a lot from Charles Petzold's Windows Programming book.

    For online tutorials, here is a one URL you might want to check out.
    http://www.relisoft.com/win32/index.htm

    Best Regards,
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    Thanks all for ur replies

    but i heard about MFC is it better or API ?? provided that i have a good knowledge about C++

    Thanks in advance

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    >> but i heard about MFC is it better or API ??

    MFC is just a wrapper around the API. Whatever MFC can do, the API can do too.

    Also, MFC is being deprecated in favour of the .NET Framework which wraps most of the API, but not MFC.

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    MFC is a C++ Application Framework that wraps the Win32 API. It makes Windows programming in C++ much easier than using C.

    There are other C++ application frameworks that wrap the Win32 API. One example is wxWidgets (formerly known as wxWindows). I like wxWidgets because it is cross platform and Open Source.

    Check out this URL:
    http://www.wxwindows.org/

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