oldschool c++ programmer back in business, need update

Id like to create a mspaint like program with image restoration features, and need to create a windows application for loading/viewing/altering/saving images, but i have been away from programming for some time and need an update.

In old times i used the Borland compiler, with which i could create (rather ugly) windows and read/view/alter/write .bmp files.

Which compiler should i use? (windows 7 64 bit)
How do i create a windows application with this compiler?
How do i load/save a .jpg file to/from a bitmap?

Id like to program all functionality (dots, lines, restoring etc) from scratch, i just need the bitmap format, using a virtual bitmap for viewing.

If anyone has some source code that creates the window and has the functionality of reading/writing .jpg files into a bitmap i would be grateful.





Well there are several options, one which I would pick for that particular case and which has a rather low threshold to learn given you know basic Windows programming from before would be Visual C++ express together with WTL 9

The WTL is a thin wrapper to the WinAPI which makes it rather easy to use if you know Windows programming in general.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/wtl/
http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/visual-studio-express-vs.aspx
In old times i used the Borland compiler, with which i could create (rather ugly) windows and read/view/alter/write .bmp files.
The modern successor to that is Embarcadero C++ Builder.
Those links are worthwhile checking out.
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