Extending MFC Applications with the .NET Framework

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The Microsoft Found Classes (MFC) compose the class library for Microsoft's Visual C++. First introduced over 10 years ago, this class library is now in use by approximately 1.5 million programmers, and is the subject of many books, articles, and Web sites. MFC developers, along with their hundreds of thousands of existing applications, are not going to migrate to .NET overnight. On the other hand, there is no doubt that .NET is the future of Microsoft development. Therefore, instead of writing yet another .NET book trying to move MFC developers to .NET entirely, this book attempts to get these MFC developers on board today by showing them how to continue using MFC and combine it with .NET to become more productive. Then over time, MFC developers will move to .NET. For now, this book focuses on this untapped group of MFC developers who fall into the category of "late adopters". While there are several books on COM and .NET interoperability, they really focus more on making your new .NET apps interact with your legacy apps. We don't know of another book quite like this one.

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“To anyone looking to augment their existing MFC code base and knowledge with the powerful .NET classes—which provide such capabilities as disconnected data, in-memory database (IMDB), regular expressions, and data encryption—Tom Archer’s book has it all.”

Erik Westermann, Lead Architect, Eidenai Innovations

Extending MFC Applications with the .NET Framework is the first book to show MFC developers how to boost productivity by incorporating .NET functionality into existing MFC applications. Tom Archer clearly illustrates how using the .NET Base Class Library (BCL)—to complement or replace MFC classes when there is a clear advantage—enables MFC developers to create elegant and robust Windows applications in the most efficient way possible.

Each chapter begins with an introduction that explains the technology, outlines its benefits, lists its pragmatic business uses, and summarizes the required syntax. As is an Archer trademark, this information is solidified with hands-on, practical demo applications.

This book answers the questions MFC developers have about .NET, including:

  • What are the key issues when combining MFC and Managed Extensions? Page 15
  • How can Regular Expressions be used to parse a document for multiple complex pattern types, such as email addresses? Page 84
  • How can hash codes be used to validate users without storing passwords? Page 161
  • How can MFC applications maintain data stored in XML format? Page 274
  • Once an ADO.NET DataSet is filled, how can the data be searched, sorted, and filtered? Page 336
  • What technique is used for reading image data from a database using ADO.NET classes? Page 363
  • What are the options for handling disconnected data concurrency issues? Page 396
  • How can Remoting be used to pass MFC objects between applications? Page 460

The CD-ROM supplies the complete downloadable source code, working samples, and test code from the book, as well as several productivity-enhancing utilities such as a Visual Studio .NET Custom AppWizard.


About the Author:

Tom Archer is an award-winning programmer and principal of the Archer Consulting Group, which provides training, management and project consulting, and contract programming worldwide. He is a cofounder of CodeGuru, a frequent contributor to CodeProject, and the author of ten books, including the best-selling Inside C#, now in its second edition (Microsoft Press, 2002).

Nishant Sivakumar is a Microsoft Visual C++ MVP and a member of the CodeProject team. He has written more than a hundred online articles on Visual C++ and .NET programming.


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