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    Hi, I wish to port my Win32 Console app to a Win32 GUI app. However, I'm a complete noob at this...

    Is there a free compiler out there with a resource editor to aid me?

    Also, is there any good, free tutorials that teaches beginners like me Windows programming?

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    These websites seem to be pretty popular..

    http://www.winprog.net/

    If you wanna drop some cash, check out "Programming Windows 5th Edition"

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    What about IDEs with resource editor? Is there any good one that's free?

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    Free the weed!! Class B to class C is not good enough!!
    And the FAQ is here :- http://faq.cprogramming.com/cgi-bin/smartfaq.cgi

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    You could try this for more examples - http://www.functionx.com/win32/index.htm
    Definitely you would need the API - http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de..._reference.asp
    The best editor i used is Microsoft visual C++ 6.0, save up for it. It beats the free softwares with lots of good reasons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoned_Coder
    I use Dev-C++ right now, but I can't find any resource editor

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    I found a resource editor, but it seems that the tutorials from WinProg.net doesn;'t work with Dev-C++... I get lots of syntax errors in the resource file.

    Is there any tutorial that uses Dev-C to teach?

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    May I know where can I get the resource.h file? My resource editor only creates the RC files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trenzterra
    What about IDEs with resource editor? Is there any good one that's free?
    Check out wx-devcpp. It is an extension of Dev-C++. It comes with a visual resource editor and uses wxWidgets.

    The URL is:
    http://wxdsgn.sourceforge.net/

    Best Regards,
    Yeoh

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    Resource Builder is a quite good resource editor, but it is not free.

    ResEd version 1.1.1.0 is also a quite good one, and besides it is free, but instead of using constants like WS_CHILD, etc. it uses the corresponding numbers. In my opinion it is an important drawback because later if it's needed it is very difficult to re-edit the .rc file with a text editor.

    And finally, some time ago I've tried XN Resource Editor and it seemed good to me. Now I don't remember if there were important drawbacks.

    By the way, I think these links are very useful:

    Some Windows Programming Articles
    Win32 Code Tips
    Sysinternals
    Win32 Tips and Tricks

    and in general:

    Free Programming Resources

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeohhs
    Check out wx-devcpp. It is an extension of Dev-C++. It comes with a visual resource editor and uses wxWidgets.

    The URL is:
    http://wxdsgn.sourceforge.net/

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    Thanks for that link... I am trying it out. However, why is the output file so big?

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    Yes, the exe file is huge.

    Here's a URL that provides more information:
    http://www.solidsteel.nl/users/wxwid...opic.php?t=736

    Best Regards,
    Yeoh
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    Check out wx-devcpp. It is an extension of Dev-C++. It comes with a visual resource editor and uses wxWidgets.
    The URL is:
    http://wxdsgn.sourceforge.net/
    trenzterra, you should be aware that the files produced by wx-Devcpp will be different than that of the MSVC resource editor.

    wxWidgets is a completley different way of building a GUI and it will not be MS compatable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eth0
    trenzterra, you should be aware that the files produced by wx-Devcpp will be different than that of the MSVC resource editor.

    wxWidgets is a completley different way of building a GUI and it will not be MS compatable.
    Yes, this is correct. If you want to code Windows programs using the Win32 C API and standard resource (.rc) files, you might want to check out Pelles C. It is free. Pelles C comes with a visual resource editor.

    The URL for Pelles C is:
    http://www.smorgasbordet.com/pellesc/


    Best Regards,
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    For Win32 API Tutorial, check out:
    http://www.winprog.org/tutorial/

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