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WIN32 Programming [Paperback]

Brent E. Rector , Joseph M. Newcomer
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Jan. 6 1997 Addison-Wesley Advanced Windows
Windows developers- a thorough understanding of the Windows API will enable you to create applications that are elegant, efficient, and powerful.
Comprehensive and detailed-with over 140,000 lines of code included on the accompanying CD-ROM- Win32 Programming is your ultimate resource. Concentrating exclusively on 32-bit programming, it offers an in-depth look at the user interface and graphics aspects of the Windows API and demonstrates how to use the API effectively. In addition, many low-level operating system functions and facilities are covered.
You will find comprehensive information on all aspects of Windows GUI programming, such as-
Windows Controls, including the common control
GDI, including new features like transformations and geometric pen
Printing, including a reusable print engin
Common dialogs, including customizatio
Background processing, including synchronization
In addition, the book covers such important advanced topics as creation of Dynamic Link Libraries, storage management, windows subclassing, the Multiple Document Interface (MDI), and threads and their synchronization.
The CD-ROM is a gold mine of useful programs, with a C template you can copy to create your own Windows applications and dozens of programs called "Explorers" written in C++/MFC that demonstrate the Windows API in action. The "Explorers" let you tweak individual parameters of the API functions and immediately see the effects.
More than just an introductory book, Win32 Programming is a reference to many of the more obscure and sometimes incomprehensible advanced features of the user interface and graphics subsystems. It is useful not only for C programmers but also for C++/MFC programmers because the API forms the basis for most MFC methods. The book's extensive and comprehensive index means you will never again have to search through pages of examples to find the example of the API function you want to see. This book is designed both to teach basic Windows programming and to be a useful companion for years to come.

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Win32 Programming, by Brent E. Rector and John M. Newcomer is a massive, 1,500-page guide to Win32 C programming, something of a lost art these days. Although even the authors admit they use C++ and MFC in their own work, this text, as a one volume document of the powerful Win32 API programming, is truly comprehensive and can replace any number of texts on a programmer's bookshelf. Win32 Programming examines the basics of programming in Windows: from a minimal skeleton program to aspects of the Win32 API, from graphics, menus, user interface components (including the Windows 95 common controls) to more advanced topics like memory management, multithreaded programming, and synchronization objects. (These last topics are useful in that system programmers--or those who write device drivers--may need access to the C API directly.) In addition to presenting reference material (including all the API calls themselves), the authors explain the ideas of how to program in a clearly written style. Though some of the material feels dated (from 16-bit Windows 3.x programming), by and large, the authors do a good job of updating this to Windows 95 and Windows NT. Sections and tips that apply only to one API or operating system are clearly marked. The CD-ROM also includes over 140,000 lines of source code to experiment with, truly a historical treasure trove for the Win32 C programmer. Developers who need to use C calls, or prefer to have printed documentation instead of online help in their compiler, should consider making space on the bookshelf for this enormous title.

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Windows developers- a thorough understanding of the Windows API will enable you to create applications that are elegant, efficient, and powerful.
Comprehensive and detailed-with over 140,000 lines of code included on the accompanying CD-ROM-Win32 Programming is your ultimate resource. Concentrating exclusively on 32-bit programming, it offers an in-depth look at the user interface and graphics aspects of the Windows API and demonstrates how to use the API effectively. In addition, many low-level operating system functions and facilities are covered.
You will find comprehensive information on all aspects of Windows GUI programming, such as-
Windows Controls, including the common controls
GDI, including new features like transformations and geometric pens
Printing, including a reusable print engine
Common dialogs, including customization
Background processing, including synchronization
In addition, the book covers such important advanced topics as creation of Dynamic Link Libraries, storage management, windows subclassing, the Multiple Document Interface (MDI), and threads and their synchronization.
The CD-ROM is a gold mine of useful programs, with a C template you can copy to create your own Windows applications and dozens of programs called "Explorers" written in C++/MFC that demonstrate the Windows API in action. The "Explorers" let you tweak individual parameters of the API functions and immediately see the effects.
More than just an introductory book, Win32 Programming is a reference to many of the more obscure and sometimes incomprehensible advanced features of the user interface and graphics subsystems. It is useful not only for C programmers but also for C++/MFC programmers because the API forms the basis for most MFC methods. The books extensive and comprehensive index means you will never again have to search through pages of examples to find the example of the API function you want to see. This book is designed both to teach basic Windows programming and to be a useful companion for years to come. 0201634929B04062001

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much, too long March 20 2011
Format:Paperback
This is the only book I have read on Win32 at this time. It touches every single aspects of the Win32 API, explaining the philosophy behind some of the tricks and twists of this technology. It's a very good introduction at windows programming as it explains how Windows works and how your program will work with Windows. It is old and has many notes on porting Win16 to Win32, which is very useful when making portable code that will stand the test of time. It also makes a very good basis for learning other APIs (using other books) based on Win32, such as MFC and ATL. On the downside, the book is way too long for my taste and the examples are usually incomplete. The examples will show the usage of a function in a specific context, but the examples do not show how to declare and initialize what is needed for this function call or how to verify for errors. There are even a few mistakes in the examples and in the text too, but nothing specially disturbing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but needs editting Jan. 21 2004
Format:Paperback
Very good on the level of detail, and incredible on the pitfalls and specific problems they found when actually writing the code for the examples. Be careful, though - a number of the tables (and even some of the printed code samples) contain typos and other minor errors (like missing headings, making one table pretty useless!). You can figure out what's wrong, but if you just use this as a reference and happen to hit a section with an error you might not catch it without reading the accompanying text. I read it through, rather than as a reference, and it was clear which parts of the text had only been lightly checked for the latest edition.
Again, 95+% of this book is really great! And the anecdotes and clear detail on where MS documentation is "flawed" are of terrific value - I definitely am glad to have purchased it, but I also want to point out that if something in it doesn't make sense - you're probably not crazy. It's quite likely to be a typo...
Oh - one more thing. The "Explorer" samples they include were a fabulous idea, and have really helped me figure out what the heck some of the various style (and other) flags really meant. Extra credit for the CD! :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference, not for beginners Aug. 14 2003
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Format:Paperback
If you are an experienced Win32 programmer looking for a good reference, or you learned MFC but want to know what's going on under the hood, this is the book for you. If you are a beginner looking for a book to teach you how to program Windows, do not get this book. Lots of tables, just the right amount of code examples, lots of real-world advice, and a 200-page index. This book does not cover MFC.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CD loaded with lots of good code examples Feb. 8 2003
Format:Paperback
The book has a very good foundation for the development of Win32 applications and system programming. I found the book to have many well established examples and definitely could be used as a reference. The CD provided with the book is loaded with lots of good code examples.
This book is not for the newcomer, in order to get good information from the book you should have some good experience in both software programming and some experience with operating systems in general. The book is highly technical and may require the reader to sometimes re-read items in order to totally understand them. The book listings and explanations through tables and figures were very helpful, I must admit that without those tables and figures it would have been much more difficult for me to understand many of the technical items conveyed in the book.
I had the chance to try a few of the book examples (too many to try all) and found that they all were working fine. I did find the book a bit hard to navigate through; It may be due to the quantity of information or what I felt was a very small font size which made the book feel a bit crowded. -- Review by Michael S.
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1.0 out of 5 stars MSVC Biased Aug. 13 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
At first glance, this book seems excellent because it describes Win32 with a lot of details. The biggest problem is that, the code in the book and the one on the CD-ROM are not the same. For example, while the book describes raw Win32 wonderfully, all of the code on the CD-ROM is 100% Microsoft Visual C++ biased. Just to start, all classes use the MSVC naming convention; of course, that's not a big deal. The real problem is that ALL examples were written using MFC. For example, the combo boxes, list boxes, edit, property sheets, etc, use MFC objects and their code is not transferrable.
This book was supposed to let people using any Windows compatible compiler to use its code. But the code doesn't work. All the manipulations of controls highly rely on how MFC implements them. Therefore, if you are using MSVC and are a Microsoft fanatic, like the authors, this is a good book. If you are using another compiler, you will be extremely disappointed. What a shame? There are not enough books on the subject. The only one I can recommend is Windows 98 Programming (which is out of print, unfortunately).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners Feb. 23 2002
Format:Paperback
If your looking for a book to get you started programming windows, then dont buy this book.
Its not a "How To Book", it a reference book.
A waste of money if your a beginner.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book with one caveat July 14 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is one of the most comprehensive books for learning Win32 programming , no doubt . The book has no leftovers from the win16 era and it points out differences between them wherever it deems appropriate. The range and depth of the material is amazing .Now let me get to the bottom line . This is region specific .In some countries like India this book is published without the associated CDROM. Since the book relies heavily on the source code on the CDROM I am wondering how to make most out of the book In short , the book with CDROM is 5 stars and without CDROM is 3 stars . So buyers , if you get the book without the CDROM please reconsider your options .
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