Thread: Advice on C Programming with MSVC++ 2008

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    Question Advice on C Programming with MSVC++ 2008

    Hey guys. I'm not new to programming but I am a beginner at C and C++ coding. I only know the basics of the C language and how to write small and simple programs so far. I'm not interested in learning C++ for the long haul but I am interested in becoming a fluent C programmer. My predicament is adjusting to the MS Visual Studio 9 environment strictly for C programming (not C++). At the moment I've only written some basic C console applications and built them in this environment.

    With that said I would love some advice on where to start. I have some decent C programming books to learn from so learning the entire C language isn't going to be a problem for me (I've been programming in Delphi and VB for years). What I need some advice on is picking a good commercial IDE for pure C programming. I want to create GUI applications in Windows and not just console applications. I haven't found many resources for C coding GUI applications in Windows, it's mostly been C++ GUI application development. It seems to me that MSVC++ 2008 is pretty much tailored to C++ development with C being the odd man out. Any advice on where to start would be much appreciated.


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    It can be used for C developing too. Just rename your files to a .c extension instead of .cpp and it will work.
    MFC is, of course, C++, so you cannot use that. But a plain Windows application will work with C since Windows API are all C.
    Quote Originally Posted by Adak View Post
    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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