Re: Starting Slow to learn VC...

"Igor Tandetnik" <>
Thu, 4 May 2006 17:01:14 -0400
Jason <> wrote:

My understanding of the IE bands is that they will be an in-process
COM component (.dll)


utilizing ATL.

Not necessarily. ATL is just one way to help develop COM components -
arguably the easiest to use, but not the easiest to learn.

 Would it be benefitial to
utilize WTL in this situation?

If you plan to do extensive GUI work in your band, WTL won't hurt, if
only for control wrappers.

Does anyone have any links to tutorials or samples that will put me on
the road to developing a COM component with a GUI.

I was starting to look at the Deskband examples on the web, but many
of them use a Deskband Wizard, which is not compatible with VS 2005.
So, I think I'm stuck starting from scratch. So, I guess I'm looking
for some basic tutorials (COM, GUI, etc) that will ultimately give me
the core needed to develop a deskband. Quite frankley, the Deskband
tutorials I've seen overwhelm me, so I think I need to start with the

You can start with POLYGON - Microsoft's ATL tutorial

But really, ATL (and COM, for that matter) is hard to get one's head
around without a good book. Here's the often recommended list

With best wishes,
    Igor Tandetnik

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