- Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional (August 22, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201185377
- ISBN-13: 978-0201185379
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.6 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,060,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The MFC Answer Book: Solutions for Effective Visual C++ Applications
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Getting the most out of your Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC) applications is the goal of Eugène Kain's The MFC Answer Book. Though it does not cover newer Internet Explorer-style enhancements, this title offers some indispensable tips for writing more attractive MFC applications in Visual C++.
The book begins with an excellent tour of the MFC document/view architecture. As the author notes, Visual C++ wizards let you generate simple, functional multiple-document interface (MDI) applications, but you're on your own after that. To remedy this gap, the author shares his expertise for building better MDI applications. He includes how to manage more than one view, as well as how to save and reload files effectively.
The same question-and-answer approach is used for such topics as views, dialog boxes, and property sheets. Standout tips here include how to size and control views, as well as how to change the color and font used for dialog controls. The author also shows you how to create applications that run in full-screen mode, just like in Microsoft Word 97. Toolbars, menus, and printing functions round out the tour.
Throughout this text, Kain provides plenty of short, clear programming examples that show exactly how to solve some of the most perplexing and common problems faced by the working MFC programmer. There's little doubt that The MFC Answer Book can save you hours of experimenting on your own; it can help you create significantly more responsive and appealing MFC programs. --Richard Dragan
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The MFC Answer Book is organized as a large collection of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and programming problems accompanied by the detailed description of how the MFC classes (and the Visual C++ wizards) can be leveraged to build effective solutions. The questions are divided into categories based on the main class, the MFC-specific mechanism, or the user-interface feature they can be more closely associated with. Among the many categories you can find manners to customize the infamous document/view paradigm, manage documents, customizing dialog box elements, operating menus, toolbars and status bars, and coping with common issues of the printing and print preview mechanisms. For every FAQ, the question is first formulated in a concise format. Subsequently, the author provides the theoretical explanation of what the question really means and how the MFC machinery can accomplish it. Then the equivalent source code is presented in its entirety, coupled by both inline comments and step-by-step instructions. Occasionally, this part is followed by a section that delves deeper into the MFC architecture and unearths its interaction with the Windows APIs, obviously aimed at the more curious readers who wish to learn why the solution would work like it does. Eventually the "See Also" section suggests other FAQs covered by the book that are strictly related, and therefore would probably be a profitable read as a companion to the current one. --Davide Marcato, Dr. Dobb's Journal -- Dr. Dobb's Journal
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As a side note, the reversion of the book I have was written some years ago, so some of the methods are a bit dated. But, overall a decent book and worth a few bucks if you are a novice with MFC.
seemingly inexplicable and nearly inconceivable
abstract concept of printing pagination in
MFC and explain it a concise and provocative fashion.
Thank you so much for your gift to us all struggling with
the issues encountered in programming with MFC.