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Language: C++
Expertise: Beginner
May 23, 1999

DOS to Windows Conversion

Question:
How do I convert a DOS file into a Windows program?

Answer:
Unfortunately, not very easily. While DOS programs will run under Windows and you may also want to look into Windows console applications (which act pretty much like a DOS application running under Windows), the structure of a Windows application is very, very different from a DOS application.

DOS applications can use a variety of methods to get input from the user and to display information back. In Windows, you create a window and associated window procedure and your application has a main loop that calls GetMessage() and a few others, which direct various events to your window procedure. This process of only running code in response to the window procedure being called is referred to as event-driven programming.

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