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MFC Internals: Inside the Microsoft(c) Foundation Class Architecture
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on December 20, 1999
I bought this book because an reviewer mentioned it has a nice coverage of COM/OLE. After reading these chapters (11 to 15), I think this book explained the topic extremely well. Only these chapters are worth the money many times. I has many books, such as Inside OLE, Inside COM, Inside DCOM, Professional MFC with VC5, essential COM, Programming Windows with MFC. But this book explained OLE in a better way. After I read this book, I can quickly understand related topics in other books.
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on November 2, 2006
The difference between this book and Programming Windows with MFC is that while the latter provides a complete reference on how to use MFC, it does not cover much what is going inside MFC. You might ask why should care about how MFC works? If you remember the first time you used MFC, you might remember your astonishment about how quick you could have a working decent application in five minutes just by using the MFC wizard but after that joyful moment, you spent frustrating weeks to figure out how to do add this special feature to your program. Lets face it, the documentation coming with MFC does not tell everything you have to know to fully unleash the power of MFC. The only way to truly understand MFC is to dig in the code (For Star Wars fans, Obi-Wan would say "Use the source, Luke") and this is precisely why Microsoft is providing the MFC source code. MFC source code is huge and might be intimidating at first. This is why having a book to help you in the first steps of your exploration is an excellent idea. Consider having this book as a companion for Programming Windows for MFC. However, this book is not for novices. Only buy it, if you consider yourself good with programming MFC.

If you buy it, very interesting discoveries await you! You can see by yourself by looking my MFC tutorials on my website what the knowledge contained in this book has allowed me to do with MFC.
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on September 29, 1997
This book is a really cool book for programmers who have had some experience with MFC. The book gives a very thorough explanation of the class library architecture. It explains in depth what all the macros expand into and how everything works. Topics discussed in detail are : 1. Message mapping architecture. 2. Runtime Time Type Information. (How it is implemented in MFC) 3. Doc / View architecture. (This section alone is worth the price of the book. The printing and the print preview section really takes the price.) 4. Serialization. (Yes this book manages to explain how the whole thing works under the wraps.) 5. COM/OLE (This section not only shows how COM/OLE is implemented inside MFC, it makes for independent reading by itself for COM/OLE concepts.) The only shortcoming I have found is that the books does not touch any of the database classes or ODBC stuff. All in all a very good buy.
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on June 8, 2000
I think this is possibly the definative text on MFC all the rest are superficial at best! This book is for people with 2 years + experience in VC++ programming. I am saying this because only then you really begin to appreciate what MFC is all about and you have a good grip on MFC already. This is not for the weak hearted or the lazy! Also Scott Wingo when is the next release?
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on December 2, 1998
Easily the most informative MFC book in the market. Unlike the typical MFC books being sold in most book stores today which are mostly littered with AppWizard code, this book actually talks about how MFC works and does an extremely good job in doing so. If you are a serious MFC programmer who wants to know how MFC really works undercover then buy this book.
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on October 22, 2001
Not suitable for MFC begginers, but very good and informative book for professionals. It is writen in very good manner - it is easy to read and understand even complex topics
MFC Internals are described in attractive way, so is not boring to read a book.
So, I like a way the books is writen and I like its content.
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on October 28, 1999
I highly recommand this book to those who feel that they have a solid understanding of MFC and how to use its classes. This book focuses on the 'architecture and the implementations' of MFC rather than how-to-use-MFC or how-to-use-MFC-without-using-class-lizard. Truly a great book if you want to know what is happening under the hood
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on June 22, 1999
Over the years this has proven to be my "go to" book. The only book that really explains what's going on under the covers. When something breaks, and it will, you need the kind of in-depth understanding this book provides. There's no short cut, pay the price in money and time and it'll make your MFC programming life worth living.
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on September 19, 1999
I bought this book for soliding my MFC ground (It surely satisied me). When I needed to extend my programming task to COM, I read the chapter11-15 for the beginning. the author really tell me what is under the hood. Only these five chapters overworth the price tag. Hats off to the author. Million Thanks.
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on August 7, 2000
Are you still amazed what's going on behind the scenes? If yes, buy this! It's a great book to enjoy exploration of MFC. Navigate with it and then try yourself. You'll probably find America... I would say, authors have taken a great pain to construct such a good material.
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