Developing Windows Error Messages, the only book of its kind on the market, focuses on the three important elements of an effective error message: notification, explanation, and solution.
Developing Windows Error Messages shows how to write effective error messages that notify the user of an error, clearly explain the error, and most important, offer a solution. Throughout the book the author uses examples that illustrate incomplete error messages and then describes how to make them more effective. The book also discusses methods for preventing and trapping errors before they occur and tells how to create flexible input and response routines to keep unnecessary errors from happening.
The accompanying CD-ROM provides the necessary tools, including ErrorMessage.DLL (for C, C++, and MFC programmers) and ErrorShell.DLL (for Visual Basic programmers). These libraries support a variety of informational and error displays and present their messages in a standard format, improving the quality of error messages and reducing the time programmers must spend creating and calling error dialogs.
This is an invaluable guide to a key element of software design for Windows programmers, whether they're programming in C, C++, or Visual Basic.
Developing Windows Error Messages
by Ben Ezzell
March 1998 (US)
254 pages, 1-56592-356-1, $39.95 ($US) Includes CD-ROM
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