Menus and Icons. Example: menu_one. [images/]. This is just a. later so here is the code to a simple window which will be explained shortly. The book to get on Win32 API. If you want to write programs using just the API .

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A bit unsigned integer. Thanks for the props guys! The return value, which we ignored here, is the number of characters copied, NOT including the null terminator Published Jun 22, Last updated Mar 14, It probably doesn’t matter, but since all the code here is C only, it makes sense to start off hutorial the right track.

Tutorial: Getting Started

You can choose to ignore the warnings, or just use 0 instead. The translation and PDF versions are unfortunately difficult to update, and are based on older versions of the tutorial.

This is where your program starts execution. Usually you use a pre-made forgets resource. However, for the purpose of this project, we will leave options as they are.

If we did though, we could use GetMenu and DestroyMenu. I personally prefer to work with the API, it just suits me better, but if I were to write a wi32 frontend, or a host for a set of ActiveX controls I would seriously consider using MFC, as it would eliminate a lot of code that I would need to reinvent otherwise.


Windows API tutorial

Be aware that icon files and resources can contain multiple images, and in this case the ones I’ve supplied contain the two sizes that I’m loading. I’ve used LoadIcon to load the large icon because it’s simpler, however it will only load icons at the default resolution of 32×32, so in order to load the smaller image, we need to use LoadImage.

I rarely never memorize structs, or function parameters, this is a waste of effort and, more importantly, time. Very often, programmers may want to use shortcuts to avoid navigation through menus in order to use a particular feature. You are lost without.

PostQuitMessage 0 ; forgdrs default: Since this is the only window in our program, we are all done and we want the program to exit, so we call PostQuitMessage. Note that I added 1 to the length in two places, what’s up with that?

For example, even when we choose a relatively wiin32 COM-aware language such as VB6, we’re still forced to contend with fragile registration entries and numerous deployment-related issues regarding dlls.

I don’t include all the code in the text itself, only that which is relevant to whatever I’m currently discussing. Creating a Window from Scratch.

This way, you can register a class once, and create as many windows as you want from it, without having forgerz specify all those attributes over and over.

theForger’s Win32 API Programming Tutorial

Once debugging has started, it is possible to see the main dependencies in the Output window that are loaded by Windows before running the application. Forers step is optional. For anyone interested in the visual and user-friendly aspects forgdrs windows, this book covers writing extentions to the windows shell, working efficiently with files and drag and drop, customizing the taskbar and windows explorer, and numerous other tricks.


If I lost you talking about null terminators, please refer to a basic C book or tutorial which discusses strings. MFC Resource file notes.

This type is declared in IntSafe. These will be covered more later. Untill you learn how to quickly identify those mistakes, at least give yourself the chance of figuring out where things go wrong, and Always check return values!

The source provided in the example ZIP file is wib32 optional! A Simple Window Example: It’s not difficult once you tutorual what you’re doing but there are quite a few things you need to do to get a window to show up; And they’re more than can be simply explained over a chat room, or a quick note.

The character, integer, and Boolean types are common to most C compilers.

The following table contains the following types: