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The Visual C++ & MFC Book Gallery

Gopalan Suresh Raj

Listed below are excellent Visual C++ & MFC books, some of which adorn the bookshelves of my library. While there are a lot of books which clutter the market-place with promises sky-high, very few of them seem to live up to their expectations. Hence, I have only included those books that I feel are actually worth the asking price. Many of them are discounted by 10% to 30% through Amazon.

Visual C++ and The Microsoft Foundation Classes Development

MFC Internals : Inside the Microsoft Foundation Class Architecture by George Shepherd, Scott Wingo

This guide is for the professional programmer who needs to know what is happening at an internal level within the MFC class library. A real-world reference to MFC, MFC Internals reveals the code-level specifics of how the classes interact with the Windows operating system. Topics include data management and entry, ODBC and OLE interfaces, and more.

Professional MFC With Visual C++5 by Mike Blaszczak

This title covers all new MFC classes, along with extensive OLE coverage, and deep instruction in complex issues such as message maps and multi-threading.

Programming Windows 95 With MFC by Jeff Prosise

Prosise's definitive book makes MFC programming truly accessible, using remarkably clear prose and detailed explanations that cover all of the minutiae you need to understand. Despite being packed with information, Programming Windows 95 with MFC moves at an manageable pace, with code samples that gradually build in complexity from a simple "Hello, MFC" example, to complex dialog boxes, to MDI (multiple document interface) applications. An Advanced Topics section covers palette issues, sophisticated controls such as the tree view, and threading.

Inside Visual C++ : Updated for Version 5.0 and Internet Development by David J. Kruglinski

Inside Visual C++, Fourth Edition, serves as both a fast-paced tutorial to Microsoft Visual C++ 5.0 and a topical reference that covers many complex Windows development issues. Author David Kruglinski assumes the reader is proficient in C and somewhat familiar with C++. Rather than presenting a C++ overview, he illustrates how to build 32-bit Windows applications using the Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC) library. The book comprises six parts. The first part is a quick run-through of the various components of the Developer Studio 97 integrated development environment and the Application Framework, while the next two parts present a detailed look at MFC View class usage and the details of Microsoft's document/view application architecture. Part Four presents an in-depth look at the implementation of ActiveX, Component Object Model (COM), Object Linking and Embedding (OLE), and OLE automation technology. The final section addresses the important topic of coding for the Internet. Fundamentals of the TCP/IP protocols, Winsock, and Microsoft's WinInet API are covered in quick succession. The Internet section is illustrative but not comprehensive. Inside Visual C++ is definitely for serious developers and not newcomers to C++. However, if you've taken the Microsoft route to C++ development, this excellent book is a must-have technical companion to Microsoft's compiler

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