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vc++ express doesn't come with a resource editor. I read you can get a free one but I forget what a resource editor does again, what is it again? Do you need a resource editor to program win32 apps UI controls programmatically.

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no, a resource editor edits Windows resources such as dialogs, icons and bitmaps, menus, accelerators, and string tables in a visual way. a resource editor isn't really needed as everything can be hand-coded. however, things like placing controls in dialog boxes visually in a resource editor is a time-saver (rather than editing the RC file and fiddling with all the position values). also, a resource editor, like the one visual studio standard and on comes with, adds a lot of junk code so I prefer to hand-code everything except for dialogs.

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no, a resource editor edits Windows resources such as dialogs, icons and bitmaps, menus, accelerators, and string tables in a visual way. a resource editor isn't really needed as everything can be hand-coded. however, things like placing controls in dialog boxes visually in a resource editor is a time-saver (rather than editing the RC file and fiddling with all the position values). also, a resource editor, like the one visual studio standard and on comes with, adds a lot of junk code so I prefer to hand-code everything except for dialogs.



I am trying to understand hand coded UI but all the examples I find use resource.h and the vc++ 2005 has no resource editor. I don't know how to get rid of the resource editior stuff.

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