Win32: Creating a Simple Win32 Application 2008
Creating a Simple Win32 Application 2008
This Win32 video tutorial demonstrates how to create a simple Graphical User Interface (GUI) application. Win32 is the early GUI Application Programming Interface (API) and is the foundation for MFC. In fact, Win32 applications are C based and refer only to procedures, whereas MFC is C++ based and uses classes and object-oriented programming.
This lesson requires that you have an installed version of Visual C++ 2008. If you have Visual C++ 2005, you will need to make sure that you have installed the platform SDK. If you do not have Visual C++, you can follow the instructions in our C++ Console Lesson 0 video.
- Open Visual C++. Left-click "File" in the menubar, mouse over "New," and left-click "Project" in the submenu.
- Now the "New Project" dialog is open. Left-click "Win32" in the "Project Types:" box, and left-click "Win32 Project" in the "Templates:" box. Then left-click the box next to "Name:" and replace the text in the box with "Win32Lesson1." Finally, click the browse button to select a location for the project and click the "OK" button to finish the dialog.
- This brings up the "Win32 Application Wizard." Simply click the "Finish" button to create the project.
- With the project complete, we want to compile and execute the code by left clicking "Debug" in the menubar and "Start Without Debugging" in the submenu.
- A message box may pop-up asking you "Would you like to build it?" Click the "Yes" button.
- When the code is done compiling, you should see your application window.