Programming Windows: MFC (Premium)


While Microsoft had supported Windows application development in Microsoft C and other compatible C compilers since version 3 in 1985, the firm was late to the game on two related fronts: Support for C++, the object-oriented extension to C that the rest of the industry had embraced by 1990, and a native Windows version of the product; Microsoft C was MS-DOS-based.

Microsoft temporarily addressed the first issue by releasing a one-off product called QuickC for Windows in 1991. As you may recall, the Quick series of Microsoft programming products, which also included QuickBasic and QuickPascal entries, had been released previously on MS-DOS as a counter to Borland’s enormously successful Turbo Pascal.

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