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Ok Folks, Here is my second question I am going to post. I have to say that everyone was a big help with my first problem, but now I have another problem. I want to draw an ellipse using the native Windows "Ellipse()" function, but it does not seem to be working. I created a pen and a brush, and I selected them using "SelectObject()". But when I go to draw my Ellipse, nothing shows on the window. I had added code underneath the "Ellipse()" function to make the ellipse grow, but even with that taken out I still cannot get a circle to be shown in my window.

// Basic Program to Draw a Window

#define WIN32_LEAN_AND_MEAN
#include <windows.h>
#include <windowsx.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <time.h>

bool RunApp = TRUE;

LRESULT CALLBACK MsgHandler(HWND hwnd, UINT msg, WPARAM wparam, LPARAM lparam)
{
switch(msg)
{
case WM_PAINT:
{
PAINTSTRUCT ps;
HDC hdc;
hdc = BeginPaint(hwnd, &ps);
EndPaint(hwnd, &ps);
return(0);
}
case WM_QUIT:
{
RunApp = FALSE;
return(0);
break;
}
case WM_DESTROY:
{
RunApp = FALSE;
PostQuitMessage(0);
return(0);
break;
}
case WM_CLOSE:
{
RunApp = FALSE;
PostQuitMessage(0);
return(0);
break;
}
default:
{
return(DefWindowProc(hwnd, msg, wparam, lparam));
}
}
}

int WINAPI WinMain(HINSTANCE hInstance,
HINSTANCE hPrevInstance,
LPSTR lpCmdLine,
int nCmdShow)
{
srand((unsigned)time(NULL));
//	int x, y, red, green, blue;  Variables for random pixel drawing.

int x1, y1, x2, y2;
x1 = 500;
y1 = 300;
x2 = x1 + 10;
y2 = y1 + 10;

HDC hdc;
MSG msg;
HPEN defaultpen;
HBRUSH defaultbrush;
WNDCLASSEX BasicWindow;

BasicWindow.cbSize = sizeof(WNDCLASSEX);
BasicWindow.style = CS_DBLCLKS | CS_OWNDC | CS_HREDRAW | CS_VREDRAW;
BasicWindow.lpfnWndProc = MsgHandler;
BasicWindow.cbClsExtra = 0;
BasicWindow.cbWndExtra = 0;
BasicWindow.hInstance = hInstance;
BasicWindow.hbrBackground = (HBRUSH)GetStockObject(BLACK_BRUSH);
BasicWindow.lpszClassName = "Basic Window";

RegisterClassEx(&BasicWindow);

HWND hwnd;
if(!(hwnd = CreateWindowEx(NULL,
"Basic Window",
"Basic Window",
WS_VISIBLE | WS_CAPTION | WS_TILEDWINDOW,
0,
0,
1024,
768,
NULL,
NULL,
hInstance,
NULL)))
{
return(0);
}

hdc = GetDC(hwnd);
defaultbrush = CreateSolidBrush(RGB(0, 255, 0));
defaultpen = CreatePen(PS_SOLID, 1, RGB(0, 0, 255));
SelectObject(hdc, defaultbrush);
while(RunApp)
{
if(PeekMessage(&msg, NULL, 0, 0, PM_REMOVE))
{
TranslateMessage(&msg);
DispatchMessage(&msg);
}

//		x = rand() % 1024 + 1;

//		y = rand() % 768 + 1;

//		red = rand() % 255 + 1;       Code to randomly generate pixel of different colors

//		green = rand() % 255 + 1;     on random areas of the screen.

//		blue = rand() % 255 + 1;

//		SetPixel(hdc, x, y, RGB(red, green, blue));

Ellipse(hdc, x1, y1, x2, y1);
x1 = x1 - 1;
x2 = x2 + 1;
y1 = y1 - 1;
y2 = y2 + 1;
}
ReleaseDC(hwnd, hdc);
return(msg.wParam);
}

Any help with this would be appreciated! Thanks in advance! Mike

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As I look it over, I have to wonder why your code for the ellipse is in the main loop, and not in the WM_PAINT handler. What I''m confident is happening is this: You''re trying to draw to the screen when Windows doesn''t think anything should be allowed to be painted. The solution? Put the ellipse drawing code in the handler for the WM_PAINT message, between BeginPaint() and EndPaint();

I have an itching feeling you''ll also need to InvalidateRect() to tell Windows to let you draw on the window, but I could be wrong.

I could be way off base here, but I figured I''d put up an idea.

-Arek the Absolute

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I think Arek is absolutely right here. It looks very dangerous to have that GetDC()->MainLoop->ReleaseDC() thing. I don''t think you''re allowed to do so. I also believe you destroy/invalidate that DC in the WM_PAINT message. And Arek''s itchy feeling was correct, you''ll need to have an InvalidateRect() so windows sends you an WM_PAINT message whenever you want to update your ellipse.

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Hey Thanks guys! It seemed to work and my ellipse is now on the screen. Just having trouble with making it move. I downloaded source code from a GDI pong game and I''m gunna take a look over that. But thanks again for the help!

Mike

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