API Programming Series #1

Foreword

The API programming series is a set of articles dealing with a common theme: API programming in Visual Basic. Though there are no hard and fast rules regarding the content of these articles, generally one article can be expected to contain issues related to API programming, explanation of one or more API calls with generously commented code snippets or bug reports. Depending on the subject, these code samples may expand to become a full-fledged application.

In this article we’ll look at the concept of API as applied to Win32 programming.

Note 1: This article is meant for absolute newbies. If you are even slightly familiar with API programming I strongly suggest that you skip this article.
Note 2: With the arrival of VB.net, API calls are now being phased out. You should only use API calls in VB 6 or earlier

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