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Socoder -> C/C++/C#/Other -> Help Files

Thu, 14 Jul 2011, 18:13
You know how with certain application you select the help file from the menu and it explains in detail how things work, and what they mean. My compiler doesn't have that, and tutorials only get you so far. I've spent the entire morning looking for a win32 gui help file, and either come up with console help files, or gui tutorials. That's not to mention the basic C++ function that I don't understand, or the future openGL, SFML, MatLab, and whatever else I decide I need to learn.

If anyone knows where i can find reference files for these (specifically C++ and win32), and other programming libraries. I would be very grateful. Note that if you are going to point me to MSDN please include where on the site to look, I tried but can't figure out what I'm looking at.
Thu, 14 Jul 2011, 20:35
IIRC, MS help files use HTML.
Actually, according to this page, you can pretty much call a function with a URL parameter and have it open a help file.
Thu, 14 Jul 2011, 20:51
Wait, i'm not trying to write a help file, i'm trying to find code language and library references, either you didn't understand something or I didn't understand something.

once again that's MSDN if you're going to reference it tell me where to look because i find it's organization hopelessly convoluted.
Thu, 14 Jul 2011, 21:45
Ooooh I see what you're asking now.
I won't pretend a proper book isn't the way to go. As painful as some of them can be, they thoroughly explain everything you need to know.
I recommend getting all of the basics down before trying to start with more advanced stuff, just because more advanced tutorials might expect you to understand functions/concepts that you haven't learned as of yet.
Sat, 16 Jul 2011, 03:06
For C++ you can't really go past www.cplusplus.com. They have pretty much the entire standard library reference. It's got click-through links to all of the functions of each object or class or member or whatever, plus examples of how to use everything. Other than that, I find just google everything until you get a solution to your problem works.