Question?? Windows GUI

siddes's Avatar, Join Date: Jul 2007
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Hey, im thinking of making my own windows gui for pro sp2.....................
is vb6 with shockwave components good enough for the job???
if it is, is there any API i can call to get explorer.exe functions??

if not, what would be best for the above??

basically im thinking of making something like the reliance web world gui, my own login, my own interface, but obviously dependent on explorer
shabbir's Avatar, Join Date: Jul 2004
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You can use VB6 but then you need to import the API's from the DLL's to use them.
munkyeetr's Avatar, Join Date: May 2007
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In VB6 enable to APIViewer in the Resource Manager (It's in one of the menu's). This will give you access to the Windows API syntax. Also, make extensive use of the MSDN library to find which API's you want to call to make things happen.

Other good resources are Planet Source Code and TheScarms
munkyeetr's Avatar, Join Date: May 2007
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To clarify the last post (I had to reinstall Visual Studio to be sure), the API Viewer can be activated by going into the menu Add-Ins -> Add-In Manager... then double-click on VB 6 API Viewer to load it, then you can also select the Load On Startup option at the bottom of the window. This will load the API Viewer whenever you are working.

To view the API calls, open the viewer: Add-Ins -> API Viewer
Then choose File -> Load Text File and select Win32API

See the MSDN for usage.
siddes's Avatar, Join Date: Jul 2007
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ok so that answers my question........
can i download or buy the MSDN library from somewhere??
and how much will it cost??
munkyeetr's Avatar, Join Date: May 2007
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Apparently, the MSDN Library for Visual Studio 6 (which is the one you need) is no longer available for download through Microsoft. And it was very pricey for the hobbyist, mind you.

You could look elsewhere for a download seeing as MS no longer wants to supply it. Also, googling terms like "vb api tutorial" "vb api calls" "vb api function" yield some decent results.
siddes's Avatar, Join Date: Jul 2007
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thanks so much munkyeet...........
i actually should have thought of that before