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I know that Programming Windows by Charles Petzold is a popular book for pre-.NET Windows development but what is the popular resource for .NET development? Having never done much Windows development, is it worth learning Win32 development in depth or are most people just moving on to .NET? Thanks

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The MSDN has been enough to get me by. Using WinForms with C# is fairly intuitive. Microsoft is also pushing WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) as a future alternative which separates the design of the interface from the back-end code. It also features other enhancements like better (out of the box) multimedia support.

Petzold's book is one of the best references to Windows API programming. While WinForms and WPF are excellent for interface design, they provide nowhere near the control a programmer using the Windows API would have. They do, however, make it infinitely easier to quickly and effectively construct an application interface.

Realistically the answer to your (second) question depends entirely on what you want to accomplish.

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Realistically the answer to your (second) question depends entirely on what you want to accomplish.


What I'm doing is creating small apps for variety of multimedia data creation/manipulation (e.g. game xml data creation, wav file manipulation, etc.)


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The MSDN has been enough to get me by. Using WinForms with C# is fairly intuitive. Microsoft is also pushing WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) as a future alternative which separates the design of the interface from the back-end code. It also features other enhancements like better (out of the box) multimedia support.

Petzold's book is one of the best references to Windows API programming. While WinForms and WPF are excellent for interface design, they provide nowhere near the control a programmer using the Windows API would have. They do, however, make it infinitely easier to quickly and effectively construct an application interface.

Realistically the answer to your (second) question depends entirely on what you want to accomplish.

Yeah that's there no Petzold equivalent for .NET AFAIK or seen that's probably why most people will just refer you to MSDN.
Just remember that there is not a one-to-one correspondence between the Windows API and .NET so there may be cases where you have no choice but learning at least some Win32. Actually, Petzold does this exactly in his newer Programming Windows books that use C#/VB .NET when he demonstrates some multimedia stuff!
Anyways, only you can answer what you should use as Petzold mentions here:
Q. There are so many ways to write Windows programs these days. There's the API, there's MFC, and now there's .NET and Windows Forms, and in a couple years Avalon is coming out. What should I use?

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