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  • Paperback: 740 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Cdr edition (21 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764532510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764532511
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 4.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,980,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Working Solutions for Programming Challenges
Whether you’re involved in business, engineering, design, art, or games, this book delivers the design and programming know-how you need to develop top-of-the-line Windows graphics applications. Using example code modules to illustrate key techniques, Julio Sanchez and Maria P. Canton lead you step by step through the Windows graphics programming repertoire—from Win32 API basics to cutting-edge DirectX 6.1 tools.

*Master the basic principles of API programming

*Create menus, dialog boxes, and toolbars

*Manipulate pixels, lines, and curves

*Work with closed figures, regions, and paths

*Manage Windows bitmap constructs

*Take command of rendering operations using Direct Access

*Use DirectDraw to create high-performance animations

*Take advantage of multi-monitor programming in Windows 98 and DirectX 6.1

From the Back Cover

Windows® Graphics Programming Whether you're involved in business, engineering, design, art, or games, this book delivers the design and programming know–how you need to develop top–of–the–line Windows graphics applications. Using example code modules to illustrate key techniques, Julio Sanchez and Maria P. Canton lead you step by step through the Windows graphics programming repertoire — from Win32 API basics to cutting–edge DirectX 6.1 tools. Working Solutions for Programming Challenges

  • Master the basic principles of API programming
  • Create menus, dialog boxes,and toolbars
  • Manipulate pixels, lines, and curves
  • Work with closed figures, regions, and paths
  • Manage Windows bitmap constructs
  • Take command of rendering operations using Direct Access
  • Use DirectDraw to create high–performance animations
  • Take advantage of multi–monitor programming in Windows 98 and DirectX 6.1
Bonus! Includes a quick reference section for instant access to the programming information you need. CD–ROM Features: Microsoft's DirectX 6.1 Software Development Kit Plus all sample code from the book www.idgbooks.com

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Format: Paperback
200 pages on basic Win32, 200 pages on basic GDI, 300 pages on DirectX and 30 pages appendix & index.
C based SDK programming style, no real C++, use of global variables, no UniCode, worst indented sample code.
No coverage on EMF, printing&spooling, transformation, alphablending, PlgBlt, MaskBlt. Little coverage on DIB.
Bugs:
1) pg 84, saying command line para works only in DOS command line, or run dialog box. What about CreateProcess?
2) pg 85, saying HWND is 16-bit.
3) pg 222, process WM_CLOSE in WM_COMMAND handling
4) pg 380, extra for (j=0; j<4; j++) loop, slow code.
Still, may be the best intro book to students on Win32, GDI and DirectX.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8814aea0) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x87e656cc) out of 5 stars Another intro book on Win32 programming, GDI & DirectX 19 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
200 pages on basic Win32, 200 pages on basic GDI, 300 pages on DirectX and 30 pages appendix & index.
C based SDK programming style, no real C++, use of global variables, no UniCode, worst indented sample code.
No coverage on EMF, printing&spooling, transformation, alphablending, PlgBlt, MaskBlt. Little coverage on DIB.
Bugs:
1) pg 84, saying command line para works only in DOS command line, or run dialog box. What about CreateProcess?
2) pg 85, saying HWND is 16-bit.
3) pg 222, process WM_CLOSE in WM_COMMAND handling
4) pg 380, extra for (j=0; j<4; j++) loop, slow code.
Still, may be the best intro book to students on Win32, GDI and DirectX.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x889beb4c) out of 5 stars Solid API programming & what you need to know about graphics 25 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ensures that you have a fundamental understanding of the language of graphics and then leads you through increasingly more complex graphics application. If you want to learn API programming, I can't think of a better book to get you started.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x889befe4) out of 5 stars Excellent 14 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was really interested in game programming and this book really helped me a lot. I would recommend this to anyone interested.
HASH(0x889be90c) out of 5 stars Decent Book on Windows, Great Book on Graphics 11 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I picked up this and several other Windows programming book a few weeks ago. This is one of my favorites. While the first part of the book (on getting started with Windows API programming) is pretty decent, it isn't as good as Windows Programming from the Ground Up or Petzold's Programming Windows. However, the latter parts of the book, (on graphics), is the best that I've run across.
The main problem a new person might run into is that several of the programs won't initially compile in Visual C++ 6.0. The solution is to typecast the offending lines. I.e for the Hello Windows program on pages 112-114, the line wndclass.hicon = LoadImage(...); should be wndclass.hicon = (HICON) LoadImage(...);
Other than that, all programs seem to work fine, which is more than you can say for most books.
Two final things: This book is totally API programming, not MFC. This is a _very_ good thing as, IMHO, MFC is useless. But if you do like MFC, this isn't the book for you.
The second thing is that I may be biased as I've had the author as a professor in several classes, and am very used to his style. Still, I feel that anyone who knows any C programming could jump into windows with this book.
HASH(0x889bec84) out of 5 stars Good background material 7 Feb. 2000
By Paul Castonguay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a good introduction to graphics programming in Windows.
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