Sometimes people come on IRC and ask “How do I make a window? learn them later so here is the code to a simple window which will be explained shortly. The book to get on Win32 API. If you want to write programs using just the API . Why you should learn the API before MFC. The Controversy. Too many people.

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Please log in to reply. If an event happens such as the user typing on the keyboard, moving the mouse, clicking a button, then messages are sent by the system to the windows affected. However, less code does not mean “easier” when you don’t understand the code you DO need to write, or how all of the code that is there to support you actually works.

People will get really pissed off if you ask questions you could answer by doing a simple search on MSDN. If you don’t have help files, get them.

I will however forgfrs a few moments in the appendix to provide some notes on using the compilers I have knowledge of. We don’t use it except as a paramter in ReadFile. The NULLs in this string break it up into filters, each one is two parts.

I use it regularly. MFC Resource file notes.

I’d really recommend 1, but most people go with 2 I would: This file contains the identifiers for controls and menu items etc. A Simple Window If the message loop is the heart of the program, the window procedure is the brain. Programming Windows by Charles Petzold. We also want to declare a global variable to hold the window handle returned from CreateDialog so that we can use it later.


Just make sure you’ve got your break; after each one.

The difference is that the parameter hwnd will be different depending on which window it is. There is however one important difference And here’s the second one: Resource file notes I’ve had reports that the source code presented in the documents itself doesn’t display line breaks properly in very old versions of Netscape, if you encounter this problem please refer to the code in forger source files included in the zip download. Cleanup At this point the bitmap should be on the screen, and we need to clean up after ourselves.

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In this specific case, it means one of two things. This is the code used to allow the user to select the background colour in the example program.

SendMessage sends the message directly to the window and does not return untill the window has finished processing it. However, sometimes you want to be able to do something right away, perhaps display different or updated information based on what items are selected. Since the bitmap I used in this example already meets that condition it doesn’t really need anything special done, but if you’re going to use this code for another image that has a different colour that you want transparent hot pink is a common choice then we need to take a second step, and that is use the mask we just created to alter the original image, so that everywhere we want transparent is black.

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Therefore you will possibly get warnings if you use NULL for integer values, depending on your compiler and the warning level settings. You might also see a T mixed in there. Which really sucks, cause the way I found to do it is a lot more complicated. This is the whole reason for fogers the mask to set the pixels we want to colour to black first, so that when we use OR with the colour image, the coloured pixels don’t get mixed up with whatever is underneath them.

Also, an HDC can only contain one of each type of object bitmap, font, pen Multiple Document Interface Example: This means that if we were to allocate a string without adding 1, the text would fit, but the null terminator would overflow the memory block, possibly corrupting other data, causing an access violation, or any number of other bad things. Oddly enough, the Forgfrs and Italics styles don’t count as effects, they are considered part of the font itself and in fact some fonts only come in Bold or Italics.

Do stuff with indexes GlobalFree buf ; In this example, buf[0] is the first index, and so on up to buf[count – 1].