(i just lost my post when recieving 'forum posting' message!
i intend to release some standard win32 form apps with VC++ 2008 express.
i've been programming for 3 decades, c++ (borland FCLT) for several years and haven't managed to make it into the win32 environment. admittedly my copy of petzold is on another continent at present, though examining the online files seems like standard controls aren't covered in the first 1,000 pages..!
my question is how is one expected to learn the win32 environment?? what does microsoft want me to do? i hardly expect that the standard edition has better documentation, and it probably focuses on MFC and .NET. forgershut and relisoft tutorials are difficult to relate to forms generated by the VC++ 2008 wizard.
at present, i'm stuck on how to put a simple button on an application window instead of a dialog box (does one have to describe the app window as a dialog box in the .rc file?). i've aspired to do this many times over the last decade. i am utterly mystified and have certainly spent solid weeks of my life googling for a method by which to create standard forms.
thank you for your win api videos! they're a start, at least i can make a game. if you have time to do a series on standard controls before the release of 2010 is standardised, i can guarantee you a viewer.