Unsupported Frameworks…

Programming with a framework that you’ve developed can be annoying, when you compare it to the ease of IDE-supported frameworks. MFC is a nice framework primarily because Visual C++ has so much built-in support for it.

My little framework has no such support (and I have no ambitions to build in IDE support for it) and that can make it frustrating to do all the repetitive stuff (making the initial window, message handling, for examples).

Another thing that MFC does that I want to avoid is make extensive use of macros. Macros are evil in my book. I’ve been bitten. I know they can be useful in limited circumstances, but MFC accomplishes a lot of its magic with macros. And unfortunately, that’s why it can sometimes be a problem–it becomes magic instead of straightforward code.


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