Hi guys ,
I would like to learn WIN API programming is there any good books that any one would recommend for me.Please under stand that I don't know anything about Console programming and a complete beginner in specified field.BuT I consider myself a mid-level C++ LEARNER now.I tried using online PDF documents but I kind of couldn't adjust reading online tutorials So a good book with international availability will be fine
You just about have to start with console mode programming to learn C or C++. Note carefully that all the coding 'isms' in Charles' "Programming Windows" books are C isms - not C++ isms. This throws a lot of unsuspecting beginners a cruel twist. One of the main topics you will be agonizing over in learning C++ are classes. You will see none of that in Charles' book, nor anything whatsoever from the C++ Standard Library. The basic architecture of Windows was created before C++ became popular, and its Api is C based - not C++ based. However, it is very object oriented - if that's your thing. It's just C based - not C++ based. Just passing this information off as a warning.
C++ includes C, of course. The reason I made the point about C is that in various C++ books I've seen, and I'm assumming from that in various C++ classes for new students, there are aspects of C that are not overly emphasized, and maybe not even taught at all. Let me make one concrete example, and that would be function pointers. I don't believe these are emphasized in C++ because the C++ language itself encapsulates the creation of classes. In C++ one doesan't have to perform a memory allocation for a virtual function table so as to create a class. The compiler takes care of that. One doesn't need to call class members through function pointers - that's taken care of behind the scenes through the C++ syntax.
However, when confronted by the Windows Api, these things are all over the place, and right from the very start. For example, one of the most important members of a Window Class is a pointer to the Window Procedure, i.e. ...
And that's only the beginning. All the Enum family of functions require use of function pointers.
I for one am not ashamed of what C had brought to the table before C++ became popular. Do I compile as C now? No, I don't. But I consider it to be an excellent foundation for learning C++. I'm not of the school that believes C needs to be 'unlearnt' before beginning with C++.