Got API?

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    former member Brain Cell's Avatar
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    Got API?

    Ok i'm sick of programming console programs that no end user would like. I need to start windows programming , but i don't know which API to pick though.

    I don't know if there are several windows APIs for Windows, i only know about MFC which isn't recommended by many programmers (i don't know why though).


    So , what API do you suggest and why?

    pointing me to a good tutorial on it would be nice.


    appreciate your help
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    Even death may die... Dante Shamest's Avatar
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    So , what API do you suggest and why?
    The Win32 API.

    I keep a list of sites that have Win32 API tutorials here.

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    MFC is not an API. It is a class library that wraps the Win32 API up in a series of "easy to use" classes. You can believe that if you like.

    I would always advocate learning at least the basics of the Win32 API before starting with a class library. Going API -> Class Library is usually easy, the other way round is harder. The wrappers hide so much of the essential detail, which is, of course, their job - but it doesn't help you if you land a job requiring raw API manipulation.

    The Forgers tutorial is a good start.

    http://winprog.org/tutorial/
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    Thanks alot Dante Shamest and Adrianxw
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