""If you are new to the Win32 API, but have programmed for other high-end operating systems such as UNIX or VMS, then Win32 System Programming is the book for you. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."" --Christopher L.T. Brown, "Windows 2000 Magazine"
A practical guide to the central features and functions of the Win32 API, Win32 System Programming, Second Edition, will get you up and running with Windows NT and Windows 2000. Unlike most Windows programming resources, this book focuses exclusively on the core system services--file system, memory, processes, communication, and security--rather than on the more commonly featured graphical user interface functions. Especially geared for those already familiar with UNIX or other high-end operating systems, Win32 System Programming, Second Edition, helps you to build on your knowledge base to learn Win32 features quickly and easily.
This new edition has been updated and enhanced with new coverage of network programming, servers, NT services, thread performance, and synchronization. It also offers a preview of Win64, the new 64-bit API for Windows 2000. Beginning with an examination of the features required in a single-process application, the text gradually progresses to increasingly sophisticated functions relating to a multithreaded environment. You will find extensive coverage of such critical Win32 topics as:
- The Win32 file system
- Character I/O and Unicode
- The registry
- Structured exception handling
- Security services
- Memory management and DLLs
- Threads, process management, scheduling, and thread synchronization
- Interprocess communication, featuring pipes and mailslots
- Network programming with sockets
- NT services, including the service control handler, event logging, and debugging
- Asynchronous I/O
- Remote Procedure Calls
- Win64, covering architecture, programming models, data types, and legacy code migration
Short, practical examples illustrate each topic, and are included on the accompanying CD-ROM and supporting Web site (http: //world.std.com/~jmhart/w32.htm). The appendixes compare Win32, UNIX, and the C library; and provide performance measurements and results.
Win32 System Programming, Second Edition, will give you a solid grounding in the core operating system functions of the Windows environment, an understanding of Win64 for Windows 2000, and the know-how you need to put them to work.