Foundation Concepts and Terms

In the course of this book, we'll be referring to some structures and concepts that might be unfamiliar to some readers. In this section, we'll define the terms we'll be using throughout. You should become familiar with them before proceeding to subsequent chapters.

Windows API

The Windows application programming interface (API) is the system programming interface to the Microsoft Windows operating system family, including Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition (Me), and Windows CE. Each operating system implements a different subset of the Windows API. Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, and Windows CE are not addressed in this book.


The Windows API is described ...

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