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Vista To The Rescue

Thanks to Windows Vista and my subsequently installing it on my work system, I have returned to what I did for the 5 years prior to learning C#: programming against the Win32 API in C++.

I ventured back to the unmanaged world in order to try out the new APIs and controls available in Vista.  I've already played around with the DWM API.  There's so much more to play with; it's just a matter of finding the right situation to use it.

There's one thing I really need to learn: drawing.  In particular, drawing on a translucent surface.  I'm very bad at conceptualizing graphics, even 2D graphics, and I really don't know where to get started.  From what I've read, I need to use GDI+ in order to draw on 'glass' surfaces.  All the common controls use GDI functions and I have no idea how to make them use GDI+ functions.  I really don't want to have to create my own basic controls like buttons (thus avoiding the "not invented here" phenomenon).  If I can do that, I'm going to mature immensely.

Published 13-08-2007 09:55 by bbenson
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