The Personal Framework
for Object Oriented
Windows Development


Welcome to the homepage of my Personal Framework.
I'm a C/C++ developer and for hobby I like to develop software using only the Win32 APIs, not MFC or other frameworks, in this way I can obtain little and fast executables.
But when you have to write applications with a rich and complex user interface the code you have to write for the window messages handling mixed to the statements for the logic of the software can make the final code quite hard to read.
So I decided to write a layer to divide the complexity of the controls management from the other parts of an application, in a object oriented way.
I know that there are many libraries on internet but all of them have too many files to include in your project, or they use an external dll, an so on. My intention was to create a simple, thin and little layer of code for my projects.

I hadn't invented the wheel, I put in my framework some code found on internet mixed with some ideas catched from .Net (Items collection) and from MFC (event names).

The result

The framework has 2 files: windev.h and windev.cpp, there are the following classes:
Object The base class for all the others
WindowObject A generic window/container class. You use this class for the creation of the main window of the application (SDI or MDI), a dialog box or a child window with other controls. If the parent window is a MDI container the child one is a MDI child window.
The class handles all the messages for the client area, position of a toolbar or a status bar if present,etc.
LabelObject A label class
TextBoxObject A textbox class
ComboBoxObject A combobox class with the Items collection
ListBoxObject A listbox class with the Items collection
ListViewObject A listview class
ToolbarObject A toolbar class (management of the toolbar and rebar with different bands).
TrayAreaObject A trayarea class (for the little icon near the clock)
PictureObject A picture class with support of bmp, jpg and tiff (encapsulation of the OleLoadPicture API)
StatusBarObject A statusbar class
TreeViewObject A treeview class, you use it with the NodeObject class

The class Object (and the derived ones) has the following nested classes:
Font The font for the object
Position The position of the object
Size The size of the object
Tag The tag of the object, a string value (char*) that you can use in many ways
Text The text of the object (if present)
Tooltip The tooltip of the object (the little yellow description)
In this way all the objects derived from this base class have these common characteristics.

I think that the following piece of code is easier to read than the equivalent SendMessage statements

ComboBoxObject combo;
combo.Items.Add("Item 1");
combo.Items.Add("Item 2");
combo.Tooltip.Set("My combo");

To add in you code the handling on an event you have only to derive the base class of the object.

class ComboBox:public ComboBoxObject
void OnChange(void);


You will find in the header file windev.h that I re-define some window styles (StyleVisible is converted to WS_VISIBLE and so on), because I want to make my layer a little independent from the operative system. I've begun to port it also on Linux and OpenMotif.

The framework isn't completed, many functions are not developed and I have to add other controls, but it's a starting point.
Actually I haven't the time to write a full and detailed instructions to use my framework, I suggest to download the sample project (for VC++ 6.0) I've prepared and read it. However you can find all the instructions I've written until now by clicking in the left frame. I suggest to check week after week this homepage to verify the progress of the documentation (I'm writing it in my spare time).

My framework doesn't and won't cover obviously the full complexity of the Win32 APIs but for the most common situations it can bu useful.


You can download this framework, use it where you want (personal or commercial projects), but you can't upload it in any internet library by changing the author's name :-)

For info
My Homepage

Last update: 31 March 2005
Accesses since 06th December 2003