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Programming Windows®, Six Edition by Charles Petzold

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Introduction

This book—the 6th edition of Programming Windows—is a guide to writing applications that run under Microsoft Windows 8.

To use this book, you’ll need a computer running Windows 8, on which you can install the Windows 8 development tools and software development kit (SDK), most conveniently in the form of the free download of Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8. That download is accessible from the Windows 8 developer portal:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/windows/apps

To install Visual Studio, follow the “Downloads for developers” link on that page and then the “Download the tools and SDK” link on the following page. This page also provides information on obtaining a Windows 8 developer account that lets you upload new applications ...

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