I am a VC++ programmer (VS2005); I have always been more into Applications which needed Socket programming, STL,DB interactions,IOCP etc etc... more or less very little UI.
Now i want to design a Dashboard kind of application which i want to have multiple features like Widget , Animations kinds of stuff. I googled about it, there are some already built api's (which have some adv UI features), but i want to first learn the stuff.
I need your help in following things
1. Can i have all these features in VS2005 VC++ application.
2. Where can i find some references for learning the same.
3. How should i kick start learning developing such fully loaded UI in C++.
Any help is appreciated.