You do not need to make an installer; merely use one.
One such free is: NSIS
I downloaded NSIS and had a look at it and its documentation. I'm really greatful for all the help you have given me with my problems, but I think I will stick with the windows API for now. It seems alot simpler for writing a program with two buttons than having to learn another language for the installer needed if I want to write GTK+ (NSIS Script).
Ok, I've just tried doing some simple stuff with WinAPI and it's just beyond me. I cannot understand it at all, so it looks like GTK+ is the only way. As much as I dislike it, I think i'm just going to have to include the runtime files with my application.
Last edited by Jake.c; 01-21-2009 at 02:40 PM.
If you have MS Visual Studio, have a look at MFC.
IS MS's wrapper (framework) around the WIN API, has many examples and code available on the web.
Is designed for RAD (rapid app dev).
Create a new dialog based app with a few clicks. Add a button and its handler with a few more. No need to write a msg pump or callback.
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another couple of other ideas to consider:
1. Windows Forms - Mono and the Microsoft .Net framework are binary compatible, so you can write your code on windows, and it will run on any platform that has Mono installed.
2. wxWidgets - similar to MFC in that it's a C++ class based wrapper for the windows API on windows, but the same source should compile on any other platform that wx supports.