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    This board is a lifisaver...

    because, lets face it, MSDN's search function sucks...
    http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/2...ositionxu7.png

    so to you gifted few, you MSDN ambassadors, the guys who can recall any and every Window's API function on a moment's notice... how do you do it??
    The search function mostly yields 99% off-topic garbage (especially if you are looking for C code and not C++/C# code) and manually browsing the drop-down sections is like shopping for specialty items at a department store: the stuff you're looking for is always in the LEAST likely place you'd expect it be.
    So what kind of cunningness must one employ to be able to find what they're looking for in MSDN?

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    Try referring to a book for a few months. If you want C examples you'll want Charles Petzold's Programming Windows, 4th or 5th edition.

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    Can you please submit this screenshot to thedailywtf.com ? It's too good to pass.
    (Site is down right now.)
    All the buzzt!
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    That screenshot is a classic!

    To answer your question, most of us use Google and/or the documentation included with the platform SDK which has a good search function.

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    I totaly agree on MSDN's search engein,

    what I would do is (in google) type in: "WM_SETPOSITION MSDN".
    Or what ever you'r looking for, so long as "MSDN" is in there some where, google usally links you to the MSDN Library, the tree on the left is usefull too.

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    Or you can use google the right way. For example try the keywords: site:msdn.microsoft.com createwindow

    The site: thing limits the search results to that domain.
    If you understand what you're doing, you're not learning anything.

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    Help from the SDK works wonders.

    I doubt seriously if any of us have memorized the entire Windows API.
    When I code I usually have 4 or 5 windows up.

    1. MSVC
    2. MSVS help (MSDN: Platform SDK, etc)
    3. IE: This site
    4. IE: MSDN
    5. DirectX SDK help

    And most of the time MSN is up too.
    Last edited by VirtualAce; 07-19-2006 at 06:48 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angoid
    This is why I often use Google as follows ....

    Code:
    site:msdn.microsoft.com getfileversion
    The site: bit is telling it to just search the one site for results, and then you can trawl the Google results.
    Do you read replies before replying yourself? :P
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