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What are the differences between MFC and Win32 Application

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HAM    176
MFC is basicly a library of OO wrapper classes that wrap the Win32 api, and provide objects for the basic window components (windows, buttons, checkboxes etc..). Essentially it is the win32 api objectified.

Also MFC provides some classes that resemble classes found in the STL. As MFC was made before STL was fully standardised.

My knowledge is incomplete. But that is the basic Idea.

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Sphet    631
The difference between Win32 and MFC are pretty straightforward:

The Windows API (Win32) uses a C interface to access windows functionality. It requires that you write all of your own code to manage windows and message handling. It is quite straightforward but you will need a good reference, like MSDN, and some good tutorials or samples to get started.

In contrast, MFC, which stands for Microsoft Foundation Classes, are a collection of C++ classes which encapsulate the Win32 API. MFC has some wizards which make the initial creation of a program quick and easy, but I have to admit the learning curve of MFC can sometimes be frustrating as Microsoft seems to have done everything in a way that can at times seem counter-intuitive.

Whenever I write an application I write it in MFC but I have been writing applications in MFC for a long time. If all you want is a message loop and a window handle for a game, use Win32. If you want to write a larger application like an editor, maybe MFC is the right tool.

Ideally, I would suggest skipping both Win32 and MFC and writing tools in .NET. I do not have any personal experience in it but people I work with sure can get a lot done using it. It may well be worth investigation.

Best of luck,

- S

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muimui1911    122
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Original post by Sphet

Whenever I write an application I write it in MFC but I have been writing applications in MFC for a long time. If all you want is a message loop and a window handle for a game, use Win32. If you want to write a larger application like an editor, maybe MFC is the right tool.

- S


I am planning to write an interactive 3D environment does that mean using WIN32 application is a better tool for it?

also is it possible to use openGL for oject creation and DirectXinput for the interactive control?
please give me some suggestion



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Tera_Dragon    260
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I am planning to write an interactive 3D environment does that mean using WIN32 application is a better tool for it?

For a game Win32 is usually better.
I think I have also heard that MFC doesn't work well in fullscreen.

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also is it possible to use openGL for oject creation and DirectXinput for the interactive control?

You can render with opengl and use directinput for input.

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