Is C++ Difficult or Easy Programming Language to Learn

C++ is definitely the easiest programming language to learn due to number of quality available resources. To Learn C++ Programming there are lots of Books, Videos and Tutorials available. Yes Microsoft and other Companies do provide free Integrated Development Environments to create applications in C++. Various types of Binary Files can be created in C++ including Applications, Kernel Drivers, User Mode Drivers, Dynamic Libraries, Screensavers and much more.

Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Express

Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Express

C++ is used to to create Binary files for various operating systems including Windows, Linux, Android, etc. In case you are learning C++ on a Windows Computer, you can get Free Visual Studio Express from Microsoft’s Website and start learning C++ Programming. The C++ Hello World Program displays the steps involved in creating a basic c++ application. Yes the Hello World application does not do lots of stuff but educates you about using the Integrated Development Environment, introduces you to C++ Compiler, Linker and other Tools used in creating C++ Applications.

Debugging Helpers in Visual Studio when Debugging a Visual C++ Application

Debugging Helpers in Visual Studio when Debugging a Visual C++ Application

Easy to use Debugging Tools helps you fix any logical errors and helps you to dive deep into the working of C++ Applications. Console based Application are normally used to learn the basics of C++ and yes there are lots of sample source codes available on this TapKaa.com website and on internet as well. Video Tutorials are also available to learn C++ which allows you to follow steps and learn C++ the easier way. Graphical User Interface Applications can also be built with C++ using either Windows SDK which uses Windows API and another easier way to build GUI Applications with C++ is with the help of Microsoft Provided Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC for short) which is available in paid versions of Microsoft Visual Studio.

Visual C++ Training

Visual C++ Training

Another best part about C++ Programmers is that they are the highly paid Software Developers which makes Learning C++ a lucrative option. There are comparatively less number of resources available for learning C++ Driver Writing and hence it is often considered as difficult programming to do. There are lots of resources available to learn Windows Application Programming with C++ and hence it is often considered as an Easy way to write programs with C++ or Visual C++. Instructor led training for C++ is also available to learn C++ and even as Visual C++ Course which helps you to learn from Teacher’s Experience and saves you time and efforts from learning C++ / Visual C++ with Online Resources / Tutorials.

Visual Studio Versions

There are many versions of Visual Studio provided by Microsoft and there are many more versions to come. For developing Applications in C++ , Microsoft does provides free Visual Studio Express Edition. In case you would like to develop commercial Applications in Visual C++, you can download Free Evaluation version from Microsoft Website and develop & distribute commercial applications.

Visual Studio Versions

Visual Studio Versions

The above screenshot displays currently available Express Editions of Visual Studio. Note that Visual C++ 2010 Express Edition is available from Microsoft’s Website and is totally Free to download and use. Yes you can even develop commercial application with Visual C++ 2010 Express Edition, however you will not get MFC Library Support and yes developing Applications with C++ is little bit complex as almost all power of Microsoft Windows Operating System is available for C++ Developers and getting a more sophisticated version of Visual C++ can be a really better choice.

Visual Studio 2013 Trial

Visual Studio 2013 Trial

Currently Microsoft provides Free 90 day Trial of Visual Studio 2013 Editions as displayed in the screenshot above. Visual Studio Professional, Visual Studio Premium, Visual Studio Ultimate are few of the Visual Studio versions available for Free Trial. These Visual Studio Versions provide much more functionality as compared to Express Edition of Visual Studio. Typically a Visual C++ Course does teaches Application Development with Visual Studio Professional or more sophisticated versions of Visual Studio. In case you only want to learn the basics of C or C++, you should only download the Express Edition to start Programming in C++.

Windows 8 App Development Course

Learn how to Create Apps for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 with a short duration course. Apps Developed using Windows 8 App SDK run on Windows 8 Desktop, laptop and even on Windows 8 Mobile Phones / Tablets. This Windows 8 App Development Course is conducted in Goa of India and the Programming Language used is C#. Prior knowledge of Programming is essential for this Windows 8 App Development Course.

Windows 8 App Development Course

Windows 8 App Development Course

Yes there are so many tutorials , code example and sample apps developed and distributed by Microsoft to promote Windows 8 App Development, still a short course can really expedite your learning process where you can learn from the teacher’s programming experience. Windows 8 App Development is done in multiple programming languages including C++, Visual Basic NET, C#. NET and even in Java Script. The Graphical User Interface of Windows 8 Apps can be developed in XAML or with the help of any Programming language mentioned in the earlier sentence.

Visual Studio for Windows 8 App Development

Windows 8 Apps are created using Visual Studio Express Editions which are distributed by Microsoft for Free. For Windows 8 App Development, Visual Studio 2012 is used and for Windows 8.1 App Development Visual Studio 2013 is used. Yes there are other ways to create Windows 8 Apps, however this course provides training for Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 App Development only using Visual Studio provided by Microsoft. C# is the main programming language used in this Windows 8 App Development Course, however Visual Basic .NET can also be used in the course if you are comfortable programming with Visual Basic .NET.

Windows 8 App Development Service

Windows 8 App Development Service

In case you want to have your own Windows 8 Apps and want to hire Windows 8 App Developers, you can Hire Windows 8 App Developers to create a custom made Windows 8 App as per your requirements. This Windows 8 App Development Course is conducted by Windows 8 App Programmers who have migrated from being Teacher to Programmer. Effectively whether you join the Windows 8 App Development Course or you Hire Windows 8 App Development Service, you are going to get best out of everything.

Training for Creating Windows 8 Apps with Visual Studio

Training for Creating Windows 8 Apps with Visual Studio

Students with knowledge of C++ definitely benefit out of this Windows 8 App Development Course. This Windows 8 App Development Course is a Full Time Course and duration of this Course depends on your existing knowledge about Programming for Microsoft Windows. The Course starts with Basic Architecture of Windows 8 Apps, allows you to create Graphical User Interface with XML Elements, provides you the way to communicate with Graphical User Interface using Control Properties and Events. Programming Windows 8 Apps for creating Blank, Grid and Spilt App for Windows 8, Handling Layout managers like Grid Layout, Stack Panel, FlipView, etc. This Course also provides deeper insight into using basic controls of Windows 8 Apps like Buttons, CheckBox, ComboBox, Image Control, etc. Advanced Programming Techniques for Windows 8 Apps are also taught in this Course, including how to use Bing maps, GPS Devices, Add New Controls to Toolbox, Managing NuGet Packages, etc.

Windows 8 App Programming Course

Windows 8 App Programming Course

This Windows 8 App Development Course Empowers you to fully understand the architecture of Windows 8 Apps and also provides you the way to go ahead and develop your programming skills with Code Samples provided by Microsoft and other Publishers. Write to Support@Tapkaa.com and join this Windows 8 App Development Class Training Program in Panaji of Goa (India). Training for Visual C++ is also provided for Students / Programmers with Existing C++ Knowledge at our Goa Training Centre of India.

Modify Application Name of Dialog Based Application Created with Visual C++

This post tells you how you can modify the Application Name of any Application Created with Visual C++. This Example does requires you to write a little bit of C++ Code and is really easy to understand and follow. The Code written will basically display a MessageBox saying Hello World. This blog has already covered writing a Hello World Application using C++, but this time the application used will be MFC based Application in Visual Studio Professional or other Non Express Edition of Visual Studio.

Modify Caption Property of Button in Dialog Based MFC Application

Modify Caption Property of Button in Dialog Based MFC Application

The method to change Application Name applies to all MFC based Application created with Visual Studio. The Application Name under consideration is used by various MFC Functions and classes. This example uses the Dialog Based MFC Application and if you are comfortable with Visual Studio, you can alternatively create a new Dialog based Application with Visual Studio and follow the steps.

MessageBox in MFC based Application Created with Visual C++

MessageBox in MFC based Application Created with Visual C++

As displayed in the first screenshot in this post, add a Button to the Dialog Box and Modify the Caption Property to read Display MessageBox or anything else you want. Now Double Click on the Button which would open up a Code Editor in which all you need to call the MessageBox Function.

MessageBox(_T(“Hello World”));

Now Navigate to the Resources View and Open up the String Table. Once you have the String Table opened up, add a new String and specify the ID of the string as AFX_IDS_APP_TITLE and Enter the new Name of the MFC Application created.

Change Application Name of a Visual C++ Application by Adding String to String Table

Change Application Name of a Visual C++ Application by Adding String to String Table

That’s it, now you have changed your Application Name and you can run this updated Dialog based MFC Application to verify that the Application Name has been changed Successfully. When the Application is running, click on the Button which will display a Message Box and will automatically display the new Application Name in it’s title bar.

Spy++ to Understand Windows Controls in a Visual C++ Dialog based Application

Graphical User Interface Applications created using Visual C++ are designed using a Resource Editor and a ToolBox. Everything in the Toolbox of Visual C++ basically represent a Window. Each Window is identified by number of attributes like Class, Window Style, Window Handle, etc. This post helps you understand the Graphical User Interface Architecture of Visual C++ Applications using the Spy++ Tool provided with Visual Studio.

Adding Controls to MFC Dialog Based Application Created with Visual C++

Adding Controls to MFC Dialog Based Application Created with Visual C++

Again this Example Does not requires any C++ Coding and is easy to understand with the Screenshots provided. The Visual C++ Application created in the Dialog Based MFC Example has been modified as displayed in the screenshot above to include some controls like Button, Check Box, Radio Button, etc. Once you have modified your Dialog based Application as displayed in this example. build the application and run it.

Spy++ to View Properties of Dialog based MFC Application created with Visual C++

Spy++ to View Properties of Dialog based MFC Application created with Visual C++

Once you do have your Dialog based Application with Controls added as displayed above, launch the Spy++ Application. From the Spy Menu, launch the Find Window and drag the Finder Tool from the Find Window of Spy++ to any control on the Dialog based MFC Application. As you drag the Finder Tool around, the Find Window will automatically display various properties of the Window beneath the Finder Tool.

This Spy++ Tool is a really useful tool and helps you to find out Class Name, Size /  Location of the Control, Window Styles assigned to any Window Control and even displays Window Messages received by the control. In case you are attending any Visual C++ Course, you must ask your instructor about this Spy++ Tool which gives you insight into the Graphical User Interface of the Applications created using Visual C++. Yes Graphical User Interface created in other programming languages are also Window Controls, however many programming languages creates their own controls by sub classing basic Window Controls.