There is one problem if you have designed a dialog and you want to share it
with other people. For example: I thinking about creating a typical "Tip of the
Day" dialog able to read in a xml file. I wanted to share it with anyone who
needs it. The problem was: How can I distribute the code without messing around
with multiple resource scripts. I searched the Internet for a while and found
some information about the Windows API. It was rather easy, but it had some
nasty things you needed to look out for. Example all data had to be aligned at
DWORD boundaries. I found out is was really hard to create a dialog
without the dialog editor, so I wrote a small tool capable of parsing a resource
script and export a dialog from it. I packet those two things together and the
Resourceless Dialog Toolkit was born.
Using the code
I have spent a few hours to create documentation and a tutorial, so I'm
giving you a small class showing you how the code works.
class CSampleDlg: public CResourcelessDlg<CSampleDlg>,
0, 0, 0, 186, 138, 8, "MS Sans Serif", "", "");
AddStatic("Dialog Extractor v1.0", 0, 0, 60, 20, 67, 8, IDC_STATIC);
AddStatic(IDR_MAINFRAME, SS_ICON, 0, 20, 20, 20, 20, 18);
AddButton("", 0 | BS_GROUPBOX, 0, 7, 7, 172, 103, IDC_STATIC);
AddStatic("(c) Copyright 2004", 0, 0, 60, 30, 58, 8, IDC_STATIC);
AddStatic("By: Trilobyte-Solutions", 0, 0, 60, 41, 70, 8, IDC_STATIC);
AddStatic("Updates and additional information about"
" this program can be found at
the Trilobyte Solutions website.", 0, 0, 60, 59, 113, 26, IDC_STATIC);
AddStatic("www.Trilobyte-Solutions.nl", 0, 0, 60, 94, 84, 8, IDC_STATIC);
AddButton("OK", 0|BS_DEFPUSHBUTTON, 0, 67, 117, 50, 14, IDOK);
LRESULT OnInitDialog(HWND, LPARAM)
As you see it is really easy to use the code. More information can be
found in the documentation and tutorial inside the toolkit.
If you want to know more about the underlaying technique. Look one of the
following items up in the MSDN:
DialogBoxIndirectParam. If there are enough request, I will write a
article about the Windows dialog API.
The Tip of the Day dialog
The dialog I told you about earlier in this article is not ready yet. At the
end of the next week it probably will be ready.
The code is version 1.0. The tool is version 1.1, there were some bugs found.
For additional information, questions and bug report, visit my website: http://www.trilobyte-solutions.nl/, or contact me at email@example.com.
I am Bert Willems a 24 year old developer living in Drachten, The Netherlands. I was born on 4 July 1985 in Drachten. My great passion is development of software, I simply love doing it. Since I was young I have been fascinated by technique and constructing things, first with Lego and later on things for the computer. I started with simple websites and some scripting of games, and then I decided I would make a career out of it and started with the development of business software. I am not sure why I love programming so much, but I know it has something to do with expressing my creativity in it.