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Programming Windows

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“Look it up in Petzold” remains the decisive last word in answering questions about Windows development. And in PROGRAMMING WINDOWS, FIFTH EDITION, the esteemed Windows Pioneer Award winner revises his classic text with authoritative coverage of the latest versions of the Windows operating system—once again drilling down to the essential API heart of Win32 programming. Topics Packed as always with definitive examples, this newest Petzold delivers the ultimate sourcebook and tutorial for Windows programmers at all levels working with Microsoft® Windows 95, Windows 98, or Microsoft Windows NT®. No aspiring or experienced developer can afford to be without it. An electronic version of this book is available on the companion CD. A Note Regarding the CD or DVD The print version of this book ships with a CD or DVD. For those customers purchasing one of the digital formats in which this book is available, we are pleased to offer the CD/DVD content as a free download via O'Reilly Media's Digital Distribution services. To download this content, please visit O'Reilly's web site, search for the title of this book to find its catalog page, and click on the link below the cover image (Examples, Companion Content, or Practice Files). Note that while we provide as much of the media content as we are able via free download, we are sometimes limited by licensing restrictions. Please direct any questions or concerns to booktech@oreilly.com.

1100 pages, Hardcover

First published November 1, 1998

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Charles Petzold

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Charles Petzold has been writing about programming for Windows-based operating systems for 24 years. A Microsoft MVP for Client Application Development and a Windows Pioneer Award winner, Petzold is author of the classic Programming Windows, currently in its sixth edition and one of the best-known programming books of all time; the widely acclaimed Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software; and more than a dozen other books.

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August 3, 2007
This book served as a clear, detailed, but basic introduction to the Win32 API.
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January 18, 2012
"The definitive guide to the Win32 API" ... INDEED! Was definitely my go-to book at the time.
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May 4, 2010
It is a nice refence book, its typically one of the books you have in your bookcase, and sometimes look at it.
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July 7, 2017
This book is the bible for programming Windows. It assumes a complete understanding of the C++ programming language. When I read this book, I needed Bjarne Stroustrup's "The C++ Programming Language" as a reference. Difficult, but well worth the effort. There's not a book on the market that does it better.
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11 reviews
June 10, 2013
As good as previous editions, but with the same flaws -- a lot of text showing calculations for manipulation of items (e.g. rotating, calculating transparency, drawing lines, etc).
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January 21, 2015
Reference book but outstanding coverage of the Win32 api. Mostly use it for it's coverage of messages.
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