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Product Details

  • Series: Bible (Book 273)
  • Paperback: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; illustrated edition edition (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764548379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764548376
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"Given .NET induces a sea of change, C++ provides a rock-solid vessel to stand upon and with this book, Tom is your captain."
—Michael Lane Thomas, .NET Series Editor
  • Master database programming techniques including ODBC, DAO, and ADO
  • Harness the power of COM, ATL, COM+, and ATL Server
  • Jump right into writing your first MFC application

If Visual C++ .NET can do it, you can do it too . . .

With greater MFC-ATL integration, and a new Web services class, Visual C++ is better than ever in its .NET release – the development environment of choice if you want to combine the control and performance of C++ with built-in support for Windows and the .NET Framework. This comprehensive guide by Visual Studio guru Tom Archer shows you how to make the most of Visual C++ .NET, whether you’re new to Windows development or an old hand looking for tips on the latest tools and techniques. From user interface and dialog basics to ATL Server, Web services, and managed code, it’s all you need to get up to speed and get the job done.

Inside, you’ll find complete coverage of Visual C++ .NET

  • Get a MFC programming crash course in UI basics, from menus to GDI to dialogs
  • Master multithreading, Internet programming, and other advanced MFC techniques
  • Delve into ODBC, ADO, database attributes, XML and other data I/O issues
  • Get the scoop on COM and ATL–from components and eventing to ATL
  • Build XML Web services using the new ATL Server class
  • Harness the power of COM+
  • Discover the secrets of writing managed code

About the Author

Tom Archer has over a decade worth of experience programming in several operating systems as well as with a multitude of languages. He has worked on the development of two successful software products, IBM/World Book's Multimedia Encyclopedia and Peachtree Software's Office Accounting. Tom writes books as well as being a senior level Windows NT/ VC++ consultant.

Andrew Whitechapel has spent 20 years in the software industry, over 12 of them using C++ at all levels, from embedded systems through to n-tier distributed enterprise solutions. He has spent most of the last decade working with the Windows platform, the MFC and ATL, and the suite of Visual Studio tools to produce advanced systems across a range of industry sectors. He firmly believes that .NET will revolutionize the way we design and write software.
In the unmanaged world, Andrew plays rugby for Battersea Ironsides rugby club in London- the best club in the world.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dslbrian on February 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've been working through this book for a while now, and overall the material is presented in a decent format. For the most part you can pick the topic to work on (ie. Menus, Dialog boxes, etc) and focus on that chapter to learn it. For someone like myself who needs a point solution (very specific app with very narrow GUI requirements) this works well.

However that said, one thing that is driving me nuts in this book are the bug-ridden examples. I've been through quite a few chapters now, and I've come to the expectation that its not a question of -if- a given example has a bug, but where it is located (since it almost certainly has one or more).

To give an example I just read over the Modeless dialog example in chapter 11. It starts off having you throw down a dialog and a bunch of controls, without exactly telling you what IDs to give them (after a while you get used to this, because the author does this a lot). Its important because by the time you get to step 7 in the example you realize that the ellipsis button should have an ID of IDC_FILEOPEN if you want your function call to line up with the demo (again not such a problem since you can change the IDs at anytime - but I'm just getting started). At step 10 you get to enter in a global function (huh? what the heck happened to the class?). Moving on - Step 12 has you adding in member variables to a class which won't exist until step 13. Yeah good job there. Step 19 has an erroneous structure definition. And to top it off, steps 21 and 23 have you add message handler functions without actually telling you how to map them in the message map. Whew! and this is just one example program. Typed in exactly as the steps in the book describe, this example compiled with something like 20+ errors.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2004
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Several months ago, I was faced with a daunting challenge -- to develop a state of the art, user-friendly Windows application despite the fact that I had never written any Windows code. Armed with this book and a knoweldge of C++, I quickly mastered enough MFC, COM, and ATL to deliver a great product to a happy client. I couldn't have done it without this book. It will quickly give you the foundation to learn more advanced topics or move in whatever direction your work requires. If you supplement this book with the examples and [...] or [...] you will be up to speed in no time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William Gustafson on August 9, 2005
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This is a regurgetation of C++ and MFC. .NET and managed C++ are only briefly addressed. There are better books.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tony on October 30, 2003
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I bought this book expecting the best as Tom Archer is an original CodeGuru founder and I was definitely not disappointed. As another reviewer noted the ATL and COM chapters are worth the price of the book by themselves. Add to that, Archer's unparralled database chapters and some great content on DLLs, custom drawn controls, dialogs, document/view, etc. etc. and you hdefinitely have a great book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wallace Chan on February 16, 2006
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Enriched information on the MFC, ATL framework, plus some extra knowledge on .Net, ATL Server, COM+ etc. It can be treated as the extra references on the development of the above technologies stated. Look for others if no experience before.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian Delahunty on November 13, 2004
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I got this book as our development team was moving from Visual C++ 6 to Visual C++ .NET and I wanted to get a little ahead of the game. I had read and heard that VC++.NET was significantly different to VC6 so I decided to go for the Bible from Visual C++ .NET Bible as I've always like the bible series from Wiley.

I was definitely not disappointed.

The book covered all aspects of Windows C++ development from menus in MFC to creating dll's. The main area I was interested in was ATL and I'm glad I got this book before I switched to VS.NET. ATL development has changed significantly in VS.NET as attributes have been introduced. VC.NET Bible give an excellent overview of ATL in VS.NET.

I haven't read this book in its entirety, but it's one book that i'll definitely have near my machine in work. Topics are easy to find, and all chapters explain how to do something and why you should do it in a certain way.

Well worth the price.
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