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Advanced Windows 3rd Edition
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Also compare the table of contents between the two books for yourself. I am buying "Programming Applications" instead of this book.
After sitting down for 2 - 3 weeks with the MSDN Library, Visual C++ and Advanced Windows I now have a firm grasp of most concepts.
This book does not go into GUI development at all. I would recommend Programming Windows Fifth Edition for this. Since most of the code I write is for the backend (DLLs, Databases) my prefered GUI is always a web application so this was very desirable for me.
If you want MFC you should probably get the Microsoft Mastering series title.
If you want GUI get Programming Windows Fifth Edition.
If you want hard core, Win32... GET THIS BOOK!
Although this is easily a 5 star book, it is not without room for improvement. For the 4th edition, Mr. Richter, I'd like to see Anonymous and Named Pipes covered, as well as Mailslots, and some introductory coverage of Winsock (Winsock could be covered in a separate book.)
It's a bit surprising that those topics aren't covered, since just about every advanced topic I was looking for was covered in excellent detail.
To be in the same class as Stevens' books, I'd like to see some performance considerations included. For example, how much more expensive is a Mutex over Critical Sections and Events? Ralph Davis' book, Win32 Network Programming, covers this a little better, and includes quite a bit of discussion on advanced Win32 topics besides the networking APIs.
And lastly, a hard-bound edition would be nice.
Read it just to know what it covers, then you can forget about those tricky functions, but do not forget where you saw them being used. When later you have a problem that may be resolved by one of those functions, just open the book and get your problem resolved.
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This book gives good coverage of advanced topics , though it's a little dated, I picked it up used for a buck.Published on March 17, 2008 by Eric Durbin
Anyone doing serious Windows development using the base Win32 API's must have this book. It covers intermediate and advanced usage of the file system, DLL's, memory architecture,... Read morePublished on July 4, 2001 by Rosanne Calabrese
Not just a "How do I..." book, but also a "Why should I..." book.
Richter writes in an easy, conversational, and readable style about difficult and... Read more
The firt thing you should know is that this book is not for Advanced users of windows. It's for Advanced PROGRAMERS in windows. which isn't clear from the books name. Read morePublished on October 1, 2000
Unlike most of the books with Advanced in the title, this shows exactly what an Advanced book has to be.Published on January 11, 2000 by Marcus
Nice book. Takes a toll of programmers who think they KNOW windowsPublished on January 11, 2000 by Yuvraj S. Sujan
I believe "Programming Applications for Microsoft Windows" is the fourth edition to this book. Read morePublished on January 8, 2000 by Andy