Thread: Which one :MFC, Win32, Windows Forms (.Net)?

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    Which one :MFC, Win32, Windows Forms (.Net)?

    MFC, Win32, Windows Forms (.Net):

    Okay, I've finally finished learning General C++ and want to take my knowledge of Ansi to a windows based app.

    I was looking at the MFC types and found I should be using WIN32 type, then someone tells me I should be using Windows Forms instead.
    Would someone be kind enough to tell me what the difference is between the 3 (what kind of apps are best suited for use with them) and a generalized idea of how a reference works (not too much detail is needed).

    Lol, I've created my first application under Windows Forms (.Net)
    that cleans my system for me, I'm sooooo proud lol
    Now, if I could learn to make and read a config file it would be even better!

    Rob Sitter
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    >>> make and read a config file

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    Win32 is the underlying API that is used for making windows programs. It is relatively more difficult to use than the others. It is not object oriented, just a bunch of function calls.

    MFC is a class library that is written over top of the Win32 API's. It was made to simplify the coding of windows Apps. Some people like it, others don't.

    Forms.NET is the way to code windows apps using the .NET framework. The .NET framework is just a class library that is written for all .NET languages, i.e. C#, VB.NET, managed c++, JScsript.NET. I have written GUIs in VB.NET and found it to be preferable to using MFC. But I haven't tried using it for a c++ application.

    As for writing the config file, I assume you mean the .NET config files that are xml based. I can only give a VB.NET sample (because I'm lazy) and you can try and port it to c++. Also try doing a search on google for ".NET Framework Reference" and go to microsofts doc page. There's a lot of good docs there and also quite a bit of sample code if you're willing to look for it.

    As for what a reference is, I really hope you don't mean what is a object reference in straight c++. Because if so, you should disregard everything I have told you, and go find a basic c++ book like "The c++ programming language" by Strustrep, and forget about everything else until you've finished it...

    The code:
    Module Module1
        Sub Main()
            Dim col As IDictionary
            Dim x As System.Collections.DictionaryEntry
            System.Console.WriteLine("Trying to open config file")
                col = CType(GetConfig("Testing/SubTesting/Section1"),IDictionary)
            Catch ex As Exception
            End Try
            For Each x In col
                System.Console.WriteLine("Name: {0}, Value: {1}", x.Key,x.Value)
        End Sub
    End Module
    The config file:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
    		<sectionGroup name="Testing">
    			<sectionGroup name="SubTesting">
    				<section name="Section1"
    				type="System.Configuration.DictionarySectionHandler" />
    			<add key="Key1" value="Value1"/>
    			<add key="Key2" value="Value2"/>
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    I used to use MFC for my Windows apps, but now I just use the Win32 API. I never really liked how MFC auto generated a lot of code, and I didn't like the Dynamic Data Exchange at all. I've never used .NET forms, so I can't comment on that.

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    Ok, so I'm going to scrap my MFC tests for a while.
    About :
    "Registry baby, registry!", I'm beginning to agree, even with the craziness of C++ it's the way to go.

    Thanks for all your replies, I did do a Google search and now have a wealth of information.


    Rob Sitter

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    I like MFC and use it commercially.

    MFC is easy and quick to develop with. I started on WIN32 in C and moved on to WIN32 C++ and then MFC.

    MFC has plenty of code developed for it and is well tested.

    If I was learning I would pick C# or another .NET framework language.

    My next job will be in C# (if my current employer does not migrate soon to C# from VB6)
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    one reason i don't like MFC:

    the codes written in MFC are almost unreadable.
    it is really hard for me to find out what's going on by reading these codes.

    blow me ... ...

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