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An Up-to-date Windows API Book

Posted 11 February 2010 - 09:56 AM

I got this really thick bible of Windows API by Charles Petzold which is the good book of Windows application making. It was filled with lots of different API calls to do general things and allowed you to build some basic applications. It sure was a good book... For the year 1998!

I'm looking for a good book dealing with the direct API for some of the much newer features of the Windows series of operating systems (none of that C# nonsense). I want to research so that I can make a program that is more relevant to the year 2010, or at least not a book that's over ten years old. Lots of the old API commands are still there, but they've went through some changes that have me wondering.

Any recommendations for a good API book?

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Re: An Up-to-date Windows API Book

Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:40 AM

I would actually suggest studying the Microsoft Windows online API help. Do as I do, and look at different sections and API calls.

EDIT: I don't know if Charles Petzold is still around.

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Re: An Up-to-date Windows API Book

Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:32 PM

Online documentation is good for reference but it doesn't really help if you're trying to get a grasp on things. Sure, I could learn it the hard way, but then I might also be making tons of mistakes I shouldn't be in API.

In other words, I want to write programs as though Microsoft thought they would be written on Windows platforms.

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Re: An Up-to-date Windows API Book

Posted 19 February 2010 - 07:54 AM

For online tutorials, I would recommend:
http://www.relisoft....win32/index.htm
and:
http://www.winprog.org/tutorial/
While you'll also want to check the msdn reference.
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