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I've been slacking off with learning how to program because I'm at my wits end trying to figure out the next step. I want to be able to create forms applications just to test random things and give myself the freedom I feel I have with javascript, which is why I learned it and am as comfortable with it as I am.

I have no clue, however, what to do in Visual C++. I'm staring at an ugly, gray, blank form right now and have no clue what to click or what to write. I don't know how to find any tutorials either, as it's quite a specific request (c++, visual basic, windows forms). Does anyone have any advice for me?

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I am a little surprise no one has made the strong suggestion to move onto WPF instead of WinForms. Learn WPF instead of WinForms. –  Andrew Finnell Dec 11 '11 at 5:31
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@AndrewFinnell True. That would also require moving to C# or VB.NET, as the WPF integration with C++/CLI is scant to none. –  jonsca Dec 11 '11 at 6:41
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Pick up a bit of C# and use that as your language with which to attack WinForms. Using C++ with Winforms is going to require learning C++/CLI anyway, which depending on your C++ experience, seems like a radically different dialect and can give you a run for your money. Given the fact that Microsoft "didn't get around to" completing the Intellisense for C++/CLI in VS 2010, the writing may be on the wall.

As you learn more of C#, you'll become familiar with .NET and be able to port that knowledge over to playing around with C++/CLI and Winforms.

You say "visual basic" in your question, but by the context, I'm assuming you mean you have the Express Edition of Visual C++. Visual Basic.NET is another route into WinForms, but it doesn't have a C-like syntax.

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My question remains then. If I'm doing it in c#, where do I learn? –  mowwwalker Dec 11 '11 at 5:57
    
@user828584 This is a great book. It used to be free if you had a Microsoft Connect account, but I don't think that offer is available now. Also, when you download the Express Editions, look under the Resources link, as there are videos and other training materials. –  jonsca Dec 11 '11 at 6:44
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You must learn more about WinForm designer. This pretty neat slide show should get you started.

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