Not having messed with the win32 api for ages i decided i wanted to, so i start by finding out microsoft now give away a free 'express' version of vc so i decided what the hell and junked my vc.net 02 edition, now asside from missing every header i used i find im now having trouble writing a simple test app,
i used to be able to use the following function fine:
infact im sure i didnt even need the LPCTSTR typecast before but memory may be foggy..
MessageBox(NULL, (LPCTSTR)"Hello World", (LPCTSTR)"Title",MB_OK);
only to find i was introduced to a message box written in what seemed to be chinese.
i figured their might of been some changes due to unicode and such so i did a brief sweep of the msdn lib, finding that i now need to use the LPCWSTR and the char L infront of any string i want to directly pass so it now looks like:
MessageBox(NULL, (LPCWSTR)L"Hello World", (LPCWSTR)L"Title",MB_OK);
Im guessing the W stands for wide and have no idea what the L stands for i guess literal as in string literal, no idea and trauling the net for a reasonable answer isnt my idea of fun, could anyone please enlighten this old coder as to the reason behind this change and what they stand for?