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Just wondering what API is the best for making C++ GUI interfaces. I tried WIN32 and it is a lot to take in. I was also wondering when people make GUI's if they put their code for the program (lets say your making some sort of math program with functions) in the same source file as the GUI or if you put it in a separate DLL and call it from there.
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Qt is probably the best GUI toolkit available for C++. It has excellent documentation, good support and decent GUI designer. It is relatively easy (much easier than Win32) and as a bonus comes with a whole bunch of modules for stuff like networking, multi-threading, 3D rendering and multimedia (it even has an integrated web browser). Some other options include GTK (gtkmm) and wxWidgets, which are OK, but nowhere near as convenient to use as Qt.
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If you're only targeting Windows I'd skip native code altogether and use .NET. If you know C++ already, C++/CLI shouldn't be too difficult to pick up. You can then use WinForms or WPF both of which are superior to any cross-platform toolkit when Windows is the only target.

Pure Win32 is ridiculous though so you can also use MFC and ATL.
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You can then use WinForms or WPF both of which are superior to any cross-platform toolkit when Windows is the only target.
Superior in which regard? Qt is ridiculously easy from what I recall. I've never understood why more people don't use it

Also I thought WPF had been depreciated?
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Superior in which regard? Qt is ridiculously easy from what I recall. I've never understood why more people don't use it

Also I thought WPF had been depreciated?

Its only superior if you're only targeting Windows. Because then its easier to do Windows-y things (as you often need to). And if you're targeting Windows I guess that's one less library you have to ship, whether that's a problem or not is up to whoever manages that part of your development team. Some managers are super anal about the amount of third party stuff shipping with their product. WPF is also properly hardware accelerated and is a better choice on Windows overall - XAML is a brilliant tool for UI design.

And with both WPF and WinForms (WPF being the preferred of the two for new developments), you can harness the .NET Framework and all of its capabilities which is a huge must if you want to develop quickly on Windows.

And no. It has not. smile.gif
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I guess the other plus is the use of Visual Studio and all of its features. Not sure if Qt integrates with it though so that's not relevant if it does.
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Also I thought WPF had been depreciated?

You're probably thinking of Silverlight.
    
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I guess the other plus is the use of Visual Studio and all of its features. Not sure if Qt integrates with it though so that's not relevant if it does.
I don't know if you've used Qt Creator before, but in it's credit it is a damn good IDE. In fact aside Visual Studio, it's probably say it's one of the best C++ IDEs out there.

There are also some Qt addons for VS though: https://qt-project.org/search/tag/qt~visual~studio~add-in
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You're probably thinking of Silverlight.
No sadly not. I was thinking of WPF and was just wrong.
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Isn't WPF with C++ a major pain though? I remember looking at it at it was my understanding that you can't simply design a UI in Blend and then implement the functionality in C++. Instead you'd have to write all the UI handling stuff in C# and then somehow expose the C++ code to it. Didn't seem straightforward at all.
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