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Ivor Horton's Beginning Visual C++ 2013 by Ivor Horton

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Chapter 1Programming with Visual C++

  • What the principal components of Visual C++ are
  • What solutions and projects are and how you create them
  • About console programs
  • How to create and edit a program
  • How to compile, link, and execute C++ console programs
  • How to create and execute basic Windows programs

You can find the wrox.com code downloads for this chapter on the Download Code tab at www.wrox.com/go/beginningvisualc. The code is in the Chapter 1 download and individually named according to the names throughout the chapter.

LEARNING WITH VISUAL C++

Windows programming isn’t difficult. Microsoft Visual C++ makes it remarkably easy, as you’ll see throughout the course of this book. There’s just one obstacle in your path: Before you get to the specifics of Windows programming, you have to be thoroughly familiar with the capabilities of the C++ programming language, particularly the object-oriented capabilities. Object-oriented techniques are central to the effectiveness of all the tools provided by Visual C++ for Windows programming, so it’s essential that you gain a good understanding of them. That’s exactly what this book provides.

This chapter gives you an overview of the essential concepts involved in programming applications in C++. You’ll take a rapid tour of the integrated development environment (IDE) that comes with Visual C++. The IDE is straightforward and generally intuitive in its operation, ...

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