Although I am not entirely happy with the book on MFC programming, I have sufficiently figured out how to direct the compiler so that I can actually compile and test programs. To some extent, this follows the same general order and structure of Petzold’s book. It may take a while before I get to the subjects I am most interested in. The book by Roger Mayne is moving faster and less thoroughly. I had set Petzold aside, but I an picking it up again.
I have also gone back to the beginning with BASIC. It’s absurd that it’s so complicated to “enter a number”, in Windows, unless you know exactly how. Like many things, it’s apparently fairly easy once you now how…but it’s not so easy for a novice to figure out how. I now have a BASIC emulator, so I can go back over instructional code and early games. Some of these could be improved and ported to C and other languages. I’m sure this has already been done, but not by me. As I work through examples, I hope to improve my programming skill. It;s a slow method, but it works for me.