- Time saving extensions to the MFC User Interface
- Use C++ subclassing to achieve Pseudo-multiple inheritance
- Includes an MFC UI Extension Toolkit that developers can use to achieve faster program development and new functionality
Supercharge your MFC development of enhanced Windows User Interface controls with pseudo-multiple inheritance. Multiple Inheritance is a powerful technique familiar to C++ programmers, but has limited usage in MFC and, sometimes with unexpected results. Pseudo-multiple inheritance is achieved through aggregate subclassing. Because message processing is the core of Windows programs, Galbraith uses a sophisticated, yet generic, message handler that can be used with any window - eliminating the need for complicated MFC message maps. This subclassing method works directly with MFC objects. If MFC should do the work, it lets the message pass through, if you want your own class extensions to do the work, then the C++ wrappers handle the messages themselves.
Galbraith shows you how these methods of pseudo-multiple inheritance make it easier to customize the performance and appearance of Windows controls, including:
- A Device Independent Bitmap (DIB) API that can be used to extend the MFC CBitmap class
- A background class that displays different backgrounds depending on whether the window has focus/activation or loses focus/activation.
- A caption class that provides sophisticated control over customized caption displays
The CD-ROM contains all programming code, example programs that demonstrate the functionality of each class extension, and an API and Class Reference providing cross-references to all the code.
Author Biography: Jeffery Scott Galbraith is a senior software developer for IDX Systems Inc, expert in C++, Visual C++, and MFC. He is an experienced teacher and programming consultant, currently engaged in web technology solutions for the Internet.