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my uncle gave me a book called learning visual c++ 5, from 1997. the first part of the book is just a straight c++ tutorial. second half is a windows programming tutorial. will this (from 1997) still be standard or has it changed? thanks dudes

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It's changed.

You can still use the book to get you into windows programming, but you will have to use the internet to make sure what you're reading about is still worth using or if it's been replaced.

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The main thing that has changed during that time would be Visual Studios. C++ itself shouldn't have changed too much during that time(except for the Standard Library, its changed a lot since '97, right?). As said above, the book should be enough to start you, just check the internet, too.

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Well Win32 are MFC still around, although IMO for C++ and library like wxWidgets is much better. You should be aware though that everything VC6 or under is non-standard. Toss that book away and get yourself a new one.

If it came with VC5 you're also going to need a new compiler / IDE. Here are some links to free ones:

Visual C++ Express
Code::Blocks
Dev-C++

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Download the latest platform SDK from microsoft if you can, it has a good knowledge of all that is the windows platform, I use metrowerks codewarrior so I dont do to much visual stuff, but as far as the windows platform, I reccomend the platform SDK, lots of good stuff there, excellent refrence. You can even get the DirectX SDK too.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=A55B6B43-E24F-4EA3-A93E-40C0EC4F68E5&displaylang=en
(platform sdk)

http://msdn.microsoft.com/directx/sdk/

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