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 Post subject: Need a good C++ GUI Programming book
PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 2:43 pm 
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I've just gotten started with GUI's in c++, and I am looking for a good beginner's book to help explain things. I have read a good bit into the forger's tutorial and I like what I see, but I am looking for a little more explanation on some aspects. In the Forger's tutorial, I hit a bit of a brick wall when he started going into standard controls...

I am no stranger to programming, but I just started (semi-) seriously studying C/C++ over this past summer. Needless to say, I don't see how any book (for me) on the win32 API can be too "beginner". I'm looking for something that covers all the basics of gui programming and includes clear and concise explanations.

I'm not totally clear on all the different ways to construct GUIs with c++, or windows for that matter, but just to be clear I'm looking for c++ gui's with the win32 API.

This is a bit of a side note, but the reason I'm looking into learning GUI programming is because I'm working on a sudoku solver in c++ and I'd like to implement a GUI. Obviously the greater part of the gui will be composed of a sudoku grid with text boxes or selection boxes for the user to enter numbers. Those numbers must be stored in an array that will be passed to the solution algorithm. If there's anything in addition to reading a book that you think I will need to accomplish this, please say so!

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Well Microsoft itself actually has extensive documentation on the Win32 API, which I can only find through visual studio's help system. Maybe you can find it in the maze that is MS's website.

A Sudoku solver? Really? I'd love to see your algorithm, as long as it's not cpoyrighted/top-secret, etc.


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Quertior wrote:
Well Microsoft itself actually has extensive documentation on the Win32 API, which I can only find through visual studio's help system. Maybe you can find it in the maze that is MS's website.

A Sudoku solver? Really? I'd love to see your algorithm, as long as it's not cpoyrighted/top-secret, etc.


I have actually looked through the documentation you're talking about, but I would really prefer something in print form that is geared toward the beginner.

For the algorithm, I got as far as solving by elimination until I decided to focus more on the GUI.

I don't dispute that the MSDN is a great resource but I would really enjoy some good book suggestions


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qa9b wrote:
I have actually looked through the documentation you're talking about, but I would really prefer something in print form that is geared toward the beginner.

For the algorithm, I got as far as solving by elimination until I decided to focus more on the GUI.

I don't dispute that the MSDN is a great resource but I would really enjoy some good book suggestions

Yeah, I can't make heads or tails of it either :)
I'll poke around my local library tomorrow, I've been wanting to learn the Win32 API for awhile too.
Also, it might behoove you to take a look at the .NET framework as well for what you are doing. I think your purpose might be better served by .NET controls rather than a regular Win32 API app.


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