i want to start gui programming

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    i want to start gui programming

    i've been learning c++ for about 3 months
    i've created lots of very simple console based apps
    now i want to start creating apps with gui
    but i don't know which framework/library to choose:
    MFC, ATL, WTL, .NET, Qt, FLTK, GTK+, wxWidgets ???

    does anybody know any pros and/or cons of any of them?

    at least i would like to know what framework/libary is used
    for popular software like photoshop, dreamweaver, etc

    thanks in advance

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    It might be an OK idea to start learning the Windows API first. I originally learnt it using theForger's tutorial, which can be found here: http://winprog.org/tutorial/index.html
    You could read Appendix B before starting as well; it convinced me to start by learning the API at least, and that's all I've used up 'till now.
    Typing stuff in Code::Blocks 8.02, compiling stuff with MinGW 3.4.5.

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    Well...in my opinion there's nothing like coding in raw like the oure old API.

    But sometimes people just want quick development, they try such Visual Basic and not C# from .NET.

    MFC is wrapper for the API, but from I read..is not 100% portable.

    Those GTK+, wxWidgets they say they are crossplatform.

    You decide
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    i think mfc is very complicated

    .NET requires the .net framework, that's why i don't want to use it

    thanks for your replies

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    MFC is wrapper for the API, but from I read..is not 100% portable.
    A little specification - there is ONLY 1 compiler that compiles MFC.
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    Yay you can use GTK+, wxWidgets to compile for Windows,MAC,Linux, and free bsd.
    You have to code without using backslashes though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxorator
    A little specification - there is ONLY 1 compiler that compiles MFC.
    Agree, but the some old versions of MFC doesn't compile in that "only compiler".
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