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#1 Sinner_Zero   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 30 July 2001 - 06:29 PM

Just wondering if there was anyway I can obtain this without buying MSVC 6, because I really don''t have the money for that and am planning to get MSVC 7 the coming year anyway''s. I''ma begginner programmer with C++ (i''ve read 3 books/full C++ tuts, and I''m on my fourth) but I want to use it this time as I''ve been learning an re-learning it for 2 years now and all I do is (now finally) some Half-Life mod coding. I started using teh Game Genesis tutorials here because it seems to be the easiest way to get a working example of some DirectDraw (though it''s DX 7 I can''t find DX 8 2d tuts). If someone could please help me obtain MSDN library (just something euivelent to the one that came with MSVC 5) or maybe some 2D DX 8 tutorials I would really be happy. Notice my C++ skills are ok, but I''m really trying to re-learn pointers again as I always sucked with those and I''m trying to get a full understanding of multi dimensional arrays, not to mention recursion the chapter for which happens to start on page 666 of my book =/.....and my HDD is a bit low on space. But maybe it would be easier if I actaully installed DX 8a SDK and learned it off of that a bit? or should I get an MFC book and use it for reference with some 2D DX8/7 tuts. Can someone please help??? I want 2D first, then Direct3D and OpenGL, the ladder just for opportunity and as most people say "looks".

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#2 Sinner_Zero   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 30 July 2001 - 06:34 PM

That and what the bloody hell is Win32, is it nice? does it work w/ DX or OpenGL???

cuz I only heard of MFC, which looks like hell to learn =(

Oh and does standerd versions of MSVC come with installer makers like free install shield, because mine did but its enterprise...and I got no MSDN library as mentioned earlier.

Edited by - Sinner_Zero on July 31, 2001 1:41:57 AM

#3 jaxson   Members   -  Reputation: 127

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Posted 30 July 2001 - 07:51 PM

Pretty much the entire MSDN library is online at msdn.microsoft.com. It even has the advantage of being updated more often than the CDs. As for what Win32 is, this is pretty much the term for every windows related function that isn''t MFC.

#4 Sinner_Zero   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 31 July 2001 - 10:22 AM

Ohhhhhhh......I thought that was just snippets, ok cool thnx.

But where can I get Win32??? or learn about it? it is an API right? errrrr.........is MFC considered an API?

Is DirectDraw with DX7 or Direct3D w/ DX8 better to use for 2D, because DX 8 doesnt have DirectDraw right?

what about the install thing??

#5 Midnight Coder   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 31 July 2001 - 10:25 AM

msdn.microsoft.com has all of it, like jaxson said. The Win32 API is sort of an alternative to MFC. I like using the Win32 API better, but most everyone else agrees that MFC is easier. VC++ comes with everything you need to use the Win32 API (as do just about all compilers).




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