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Windows API Tutorial - Part Two

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Hello and welcome to the second and final part of our API tutorial!

Last week we introduced the API and how you can use it within Visual Basic. We went on to get down and dirty with a couple of groovy 'calls'. The first returned the number of milliseconds since Windows had started. The second displayed a message box simple, yet it introduced a few neat concepts, such as arguments, constants and using the 'or' statement as API sticky tape.

As ever, I'm your host Karl Moore and this week we'll be concluding the tutorial with a jam-packed look at:

  • Using the API to get the MS Office look
  • Grabbing the Windows directory
  • Throwing the desktop backdrop onto a form

I'll also run through a few test activities for you to have a play with. We'll then conclude with a few words of advice, two short book reviews, one megacool website and a partridge in a pear tree.

What are you waiting for? Let's go!

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This article was originally published on November 20, 2002

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