From: Paul Garceau <pgarceau@te...> - 2001-02-06 23:14:48
On 4 Feb 2001, at 16:02, the Illustrious Adayapalam Natarajan Appaiah wrote:
> Dear MinGW users,
> I am a novice Win32 programmer, just learning for the fun of it. I
> wanted to know the following:
> 1. Where can I get tools as well as information for learning DirectX
> using MinGW? I have no knowledge about DirectX programming. Also, while
> making suggestions about documentation, please note that I cannot access
> the internet everytime I need tools or docs; it's quite costly! :-(
> 2. Could you suggest me a good mailing list where I could ask my queries
> on simple C programming or Win32 programming?
> 3. My MinGW came with Dev-C++. It's quite complete, but it lacks
> mingwm10.dll. Could you tell me where I could find it seperately? Also,
> what is the advantage of linking C++ applications with "-mthreads" option?
A good place to start is the Mingw website.
There are quite of few links there that lead to various other
websites. These links include references to DirectX api, and
just about anything you've asked above with the exception of
learning Dx programming. Microsoft has an extensive website
devoted to DirectX.
As to mingwm10.dll, that is, as far as I know (afaik), _not_
part of the latest runtime distribution for mingw.
Finally, -mthreads is used only if you are building apps which
require "multithreading"...until you get a better understanding
of programming win32, you had better not use it. The -mthreads
switch is not something meant to be used by those uninitiated to
The concept of "multithreading" is integral to the Win32api.
Once you have a better understanding of the win32api, you will
have a better understanding of the concept of "multithreading".
In terms of programming C/C++, there are a number of newsgroups
and mailing lists associated with this. You will need to search
the web to find the method of learning these languages which is
best suited to your individual and unique needs. You might also
look around for authoritive books on programming C/C++.
> Thank you.
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