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Lief Webster 25Jul2008 06:13

Having problems with Microsoft's Visual C++ Express
I've been starting to work through a tutorial for DirectX that I found on the internet, and it starts by teaching basic windows programming, for which it recommends Visual C++ Standard Edition (2005 or later). So I went to download it and ended up getting Visual C++ Express Edition (2008), which looked like the most up-to-date program on the site. Now I've typed in my first windows program to a source file in a new solution, but when I try to build it, I'm given errors. Here's the program:


// include the basic windows header file
#include <windows.h>
#include <windowsx.h>

// the WindowProc function prototype
                        UINT message,
                        WPARAM wParam,
                        LPARAM lParam);

// the entry point for any Windows program
int WINAPI WinMain(HINSTANCE hInstance,
                  HINSTANCE hPrevInstance,
                  LPSTR lpCmdLine,
                  int nCmdShow)
    // the handle for the window, filled by a function
    HWND hWnd;
    // this struct holds information for the window class

    // clear out the window class for use
    ZeroMemory(&wc, sizeof(WNDCLASSEX));

    // fill in the struct with the needed information
    wc.cbSize = sizeof(WNDCLASSEX);
    wc.style = CS_HREDRAW | CS_VREDRAW;
    wc.lpfnWndProc = (WNDPROC)WindowProc;
    wc.hInstance = hInstance;
    wc.hCursor = LoadCursor(NULL, IDC_ARROW);
    wc.hbrBackground = (HBRUSH)COLOR_WINDOW;
    wc.lpszClassName = L"WindowClass1";

    // register the window class

    // create the window and use the result as the handle
    hWnd = CreateWindowEx(NULL,
                          L"WindowClass1",    // name of the window class
                          L"Our First Windowed Program",  // title of the window
                          WS_OVERLAPPEDWINDOW,    // window style
                          300,    // x-position of the window
                          300,    // y-position of the window
                          500,    // width of the window
                          400,    // height of the window
                          NULL,    // we have no parent window, NULL
                          NULL,    // we aren't using menus, NULL
                          hInstance,    // application handle
                          NULL);    // used with multiple windows, NULL

    // display the window on the screen
    ShowWindow(hWnd, nCmdShow);

    // enter the main loop:

    // this struct holds Windows event messages
    MSG msg;

    // wait for the next message in the queue, store the result in 'msg'
    while(GetMessage(&msg, NULL, 0, 0))
        // translate keystroke messages into the right format

        // send the message to the WindowProc function

    // return this part of the WM_QUIT message to Windows
    return msg.wParam;

// this is the main message handler for the program
LRESULT CALLBACK WindowProc(HWND hWnd, UINT message, WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam)
    // sort through and find what code to run for the message given
        // this message is read when the window is closed
        case WM_DESTROY:
                // close the application entirely
                return 0;
            } break;

    // Handle any messages the switch statement didn't
    return DefWindowProc (hWnd, message, wParam, lParam);

This code is word-for-word what the tutorial said to type, but the compiler produces these errors:


MSVCRTD.lib(crtexe.obj) : error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol _main referenced in function ___tmainCRTStartup
C:\Documents and Settings\Lauren\My Documents\Visual Studio 2008\Projects\windows1\Debug\windows1.exe : fatal error LNK1120: 1 unresolved externals

What am I doing wrong?

(Also, I had at first tried the code on Dev-C++, but it gave me a few errors I couldn't figure out. Does Dev not do Windows programming as well as other compilers?)

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