Chapter 2 sketched the MFC library version 6.0 document-view architecture. This hands-on chapter shows you how to build a functioning MFC library application, but it insulates you from the complexities of the class hierarchy and object interrelationships. You'll work with only one document-view program element, the "view class" that is closely associated with a window. For the time being, you can ignore elements such as the application class, the frame window, and the document. Of course, your application won't be able to save its data on disk, and it won't support multiple views, but Part III of this book provides plenty of opportunity to exploit those features.
Because resources are so important in Microsoft Windows-based applications, you'll use ResourceView to visually explore the resources of your new program. You'll also get some hints for setting up your Windows environment for maximum build speed and optimal debugging output.
To compile and run the examples presented in this chapter and in the following chapters, you must have successfully installed the released version of Microsoft Windows 95 or Microsoft Windows NT version 4.0 or later, plus all the Microsoft Visual C++ version 6.0 components. Be sure that Visual C++'s executable, include, and library directories are set correctly. (You can change the directories by choosing Options from the Tools menu.) If you have any problems with the following steps, please refer to your Visual C++ documentation and Readme files for troubleshooting instructions.