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Programming Windows 95 (Microsoft Programming Series) Paperback – January 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 079-0145567666 ISBN-10: 1556156766 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Series: Microsoft Programming Series
  • Paperback: 1100 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 4th edition (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556156766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556156762
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,661,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In brief, this is one of the few must-have books for anyone who wants to write applications for Windows 95. Need we say more?

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Updated for the 32-bit world of Windows 95, this Charles Petzold bestseller is the best-known, most widely praised, and most widely used how-to programming book on the planet. For a generation of C programmers, "look it up in Petzold" has been the final word on questions about programming for Windows. In this thorough revision, Petzold reveals many valuable new insights, augmented by key contributions from programming expert Paul Yao. Still the comprehensive reference and tutorial to the core areas of programming for Windows, PROGRAMMING WINDOWS 95 is now a 32-bit book with 32-bit programs on CD-ROM, covering new Windows 95 topics such as multithreading; GDI and OLE enhancements; preemptive multitasking; printing and memory (both completely revamped); and the new user interface.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
Even though this edition has been 'out there' for about 3 1/2 years, it's still the best intro to Windows C programming on the market. Why? Simple. Petzold is a gifted writer/teacher that knows the Windows API like the back of his hand. He writes VERY clearly (without ambiguity) and, unlike most authors on the subject, never uses terminology or skills that he hasn't already covered. Petzold almost anticipates your questions and confusions and addresses them succinctly. Any programmer familiar with C can learn Windows programming from this book alone. I have many books on Windows programming but I'd trade them all for this one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By freddy@mo-net.com on September 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for people wanting to get into programming windows. I must warn you though that knowledge of C is required. If you're a beginner I recommend getting a good C or C++ book before trying to tackle this book, but if you already have a good grasp of C or C++ buying any other book on Windows programming would be a mistake.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Solsund on September 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
For those people who are interested in just cranking out quick programs, I wouldn't bother with this book and would instead pick up something on MFC, or heaven forbid, Visual Basic.

However, when using DirectX for game programming, you are not interested in clogging up the system with the irrelevant code that MFC can bog the system down with, you need a clean interface that you can work with.

This book helps work with that interface, by not forcing you into classes and whole library routines for everything, but instead lets you get at the system behind those libraries.

Yes, it is harder to work with than MFC but as any game programmer can tell you harder means that you have more control over things, which leads to the chance to make things run faster.

I still have to go to my bookshelf and drag this volume off of it from time to time to refresh myself in how to do things manually, such as building a dialog box or menu from a resource script, rather than using a WYSIWYG editor.

If you have need for the control that you can get by working with windows directly, this is a book to check out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hmpiloni@compuserve.com.mx on November 26, 1998
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Programming Windows95 is another excellent book, you can buy any book of Petzold cause you know that is a waranty... Windows programming is not easy so take with calm the reading of this book, maybe the chapters 1,2,3 are quite easy but once you get into chapter 4 it is a pain to get involved into windows programming.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1998
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If you want to program in Windows 95 (or 98), start with this book. Everything you need to know to write applications in C or C++ is in here. The book is well written, the examples are clear and useful, and the sticky points of certain features are repeated wherever the features are used (so if you use the book like a reference you won't get hosed by a tricky point first raised in an earlier chapter).
Most of the book deals with drawing on the screen and presenting the user interface, but it also covers memory management, multithreading, file I/O, printing, and other useful topics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 1999
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This book is very informative and tells you all about how to program windows 95. For a generation of c-programmers, "look it up in Petzold" has been the final word on questions about programming windows. IN this thorough revision, Petzold reveals many valuable new insights, augmented by key contributions by programming expert Paul Yao (of the Paul Yao company, Seattle). Have a nice day!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LB on June 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
Content is good, presentation poor.
The author does a poor job formulating his thoughts, and keeping the presentations concise. When you're learning about something as intricate as the Windows API, excess (and unnecessary) verbiage is the last thing a reader wants (or needs) to encounter.
Content is good. Although (related to my previous point), I found that when I would start a new topic I would have to do a lot of interpreting to understand *what* was being presented (this is normally the role of the author, not the reader).
Should you buy the book? That's your decision. Did I? Absolutely. I have the 5th edition as well. Like I said, the content is good. Once you find your way, and become comfortable and familiar with the book, there's a lot of information in it that will aid you greatly in solving (and understanding) your programming problems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Clouthier on October 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is how I evaluate a computer bookstore: does it have Petzold? If not, I pass, for what other valuable books are they omitting?
It is a privilege to be allowed to comment on this book. In thirty years of programming, I have found few computer books have the right blend of clarity, relevance and depth.
"Programming Windows" is not an easy book. It requires careful study. But it is rich and complete. Read it, and you will be a competent, skilled Windows practitioner.
We have applied its principles, and have created software that is fast, and appreciated by our customers. Mastering the GDI means never having to say "I'm sorry, I can't do that".
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