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Visual C++ using Windows for C Programmers

Course Code - GN-106 Duration - 5 Days

For existing C programmers who wish to program Windows applications in C++ using Visual C++. Developers who already know C++ will find our course 'Programming Microsoft Windows using Microsoft Visual C++ and MFC' more appropriate.

Who Should Attend?

This course is suitable for developers who wish to create applications that exploit the benefits of object-oriented techniques using Visual C++ and the Microsoft Foundation Class Libraries (MFC). As well as covering the workings of Windows and the use of C++, good object-oriented design considerations are emphasised. The course is highly practical and is intended to provide useful application code at the end of the course.


Students should already be familiar with the C language.

Course Content

The C++ Language

  • General improvements to the C Language, such as:
    • References
    • Default arguments
    • Function overloading
    • Namespaces as an aid to modularity

The Free Store

  • New and delete operators
  • Improving and replacing C's malloc and related functions


  • Support of classes and objects
  • The concept of object orientation and its implementation in C++


  • Combining data and the functions which use it into a single entity
  • Member Access
  • Private
  • Public
  • Protected
  • Using constructors and destructors for initialization and cleanup
  • Design guidelines


  • Modification and exploitation of existing functionality to produce the required solution
  • Deriving new classes from existing classes
  • Adding additional features
  • Overriding existing functions to enhance or replace them


  • Polymorphism
  • Implementation in C++ by providing 'virtual' functions

Operator Overloading

  • Defining the behaviour of standard operators such as '+' when used with new classes and their importance as an aid to the usability of classes
  • Copy constructors
  • Type conversion

The Microsoft Foundation Classes

  • The Visual C++ development environment and its wizardry
  • The MFC class library and its document/view architecture

Messages & Message Maps

  • Message handling in MFC applications
  • Menus
  • Dialogs
  • Toolbars
  • Class Wizard
  • The MFC class hierarchy in more detail

Other MFC Features

  • MFC features not directly related to Windows such as collection classes and serialization.

Scrolling & Splitting

  • Document/View architecture
  • Multiple document types and views
  • Scrolling and splitter windows


  • Dialog classes and architecture
  • Data exchange and validation techniques provided by MFC and the Class Wizard
  • The use of standard Windows controls and custom controls

Graphics, Text & Printing

  • Graphical Device Interface (GDI)
  • Class wrappers and member functions
  • Text font selection and use
  • Device independent printing

Dynamic Linking

  • Using and Writing Dynamic Link Libraries
  • Initialization and termination
  • Thread Local Storage

Introduction to ActiveX & COM

  • The Terminology - OLE, ActiveX, Automation, COM and DCOM
  • Creating clients and servers using MFC

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