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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. To

Hardcover, Fifth Edition, 1100 pages
Published December 2nd 1998 by Microsoft Press (first published November 1st 1998)
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Aug 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
This book served as a clear, detailed, but basic introduction to the Win32 API.
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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"The definitive guide to the Win32 API" ... INDEED! Was definitely my go-to book at the time. ...more
May 04, 2010 rated it liked it
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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Charles Petzold, u r the God of programming
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I was literally 18 when I swallow this brick :)
Bill Lacey
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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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. ...more
Reference book but outstanding coverage of the Win32 api. Mostly use it for it's coverage of messages. ...more
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A really nice beginner's guide for Win32 API programming. ...more
Herbie Smith
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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 an ...more

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