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The classic and definitive Windows programming reference has been revised, updated and re-engineered as a massive 1470-page programmer's guide and reference. The fifth edition shows how to program under Win98, NT 4.0 and 5.0. You should know and understand C code before you dive into this pool of programming lore, (you won't get far into the innards of APIs without it).
- As with his prior editions, author Charles Petzold wastes no time diving into the fundamentals of Windows API programming with explanations of message functions, Unicode support, standard I/O basics, timers, child window controls, menus and other resources.
- Thoroughly details graphics techniques, bitmaps and bit-block transfers, palette management, text, fonts and metafile (vector programming) concepts.
- By this time, you are ready to follow Petzold's discussions of advanced topics. He calmly and dispassionately dissects the Multiple-Document Interface (MDI), walks you through sound and music interfaces and then guides you into multitasking, multithreading, DLLs and the Internet.
- It is rare to have such a technically accurate programming guide, rarer still to include clear, lucid and logical explanations of how and why APIs work. This is literate programming and good non-trivial code.
- Source code and EXE files are on the companion CD-ROM, along with a fully searchable electronic version of this publication.
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