It looks like you are just starting, but your approach is already so wrong!
DrBones69 wrote:What should I stick with to make my life easier?
Nothing. Are you sure you really need easier life? Most people want better life; and better life is usually not as easy and bad life.
DrBones69 wrote:What should I read up on to get a handle on the
You should read on technology, not methods. Why do you think you need latest methods? Normally, wise people prefer better methods, not the latest. Some of them are new, some are quite old. It depends.
DrBones69 wrote:Are there certain library functions to stick with?
No, never. You should stick not to functions, but to ideas, and not too much. Sticking to anything too much
, you loose flexibility.
DrBones69 wrote:I don't know what works best with Windows programming.