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As5a5sIn5
04-07-2004, 08:49 AM
I'm assuming this is a very simple question... but what type of programming is used in programs that have 'windows.' Examples would be AIM, Aol, Windows Media Player, Etc. Everytime I use C++ I get a Command prompt and not a 'window.' Can someone explain this stuff? :(

shmoove
04-07-2004, 09:49 AM
That's because you're building it as a console application instead of a Windows application.
You can use C++ to make windows apps, but you have to set up the project differently, and the programming is different as well.
If you're using Visual C++, then when you create the project you have to choose "Win32 Application" as the project type instead of of "Win32 Console Application". Then you need to have a WinMain() function as the entry point instead of main(), you need to create a window using the Win32 API, set up a message pump to process messages the OS sends to your window, etc.
Again, if you're using Visual C++, when you create the "Win32 Application" project you have a choice to make a "A typical "Hello World" application". You can choose that to see the basic code for creating a windowed application.
But if you plan on going the windowed way, I'd advise to get a book about making Windows applications, since it is far from trivial. "Learn Visual C++ in 21 days" could get you started.
Here are some tutorials too:
http://www.initgames.gq.nu/tutorials/tut01.html
http://www.relisoft.com/win32/
http://www.functionx.com/win32/Lesson01.htm

Of course, there are easier ways to get a Windows application up and running. Languages like Visual Basic and Delphi, make it a snap to design GUIs. They have their downsides as well, but for applications that don't need any heavy lifting, or some serious realtime performance, they're usually good enough.

shmoove

As5a5sIn5
04-07-2004, 06:20 PM
Thanks! Now I get it!



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