Win32 API help

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    Win32 API help

    Hi.
    i have just started programming Win32 API using DEV-C++. i need the Wind32 API reference help and i dont think it comes with DEV-C++. I looked here but it seems to not exist anymore. so where can i find it?

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    u got to buy :
    "Programming Windows" by Charles Petzold, fifth edition
    it's the best reference of Windows programming (it has everything you need)

    but its flaw is this: everything is done programmatically... while using Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 saves 50% or more of the time doing things visually
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    Thanks for the suggestion, but i prefer to learn this subject from the web- im using the Forger's guide. I have allready bought a book for the basics of C programming, the rest ill try to learn myself. I need the reference especially for instant looking up function's parameters and classes.

    anyway, i will check this book and may be ill even buy it, but the delivery takes time so anyway i need something more immediate.

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    Simply put the reference is msdn.

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    Sorry but... what do i need to do? i dont think i got it....

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    In google, you can search for MSDN <some function>, e.g. MSDN WaitForSingleObject() or some such.

    Once there, you can browse the entire Win32 API tree if you wish - but you probably do need a book too - as it's not always easy to figure out which function you use for what purpose and how without some good examples, and although MSDN has examples, it's not plentiful, nor are the examples particularly "big".

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    if you want to use google for searching msdn - add site:msdn2.microsoft.com to the search string
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    Ok thank you, i got it. actually i searched earlier in the msdn site but i didn't find it for some reason, but now i can see it. i guess i need to improve my searching skills...
    Anyway i looked for more immediate solution, i found the help file eventually here it's just easier to work with in DEV-C++. anyway thanks for the redirect to the MSDN site and the searching advices.

    matsp i agree with you, the Win32 API reference is certainly not the way to learn to program in windows, a book or a guide is necessary. probably a book will be better but right now im learning from a web guide (the Forger's) as i said. I'll go on with it, but if stuff get complicated i'll think about getting a book, probably the one Hussain Hani mentioned.

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    Programming Windows by Petzold is the standard reference. If you buy anything, buy that.
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