Hey there folks, I appreciate your time. Join me on a journey of programmatic, problematic road blocks, the twists and turns of one man's fight to develop.
My goal is to write an application that marries the DGDK 3D viewport with an extensive set of data entry controls. This software will serve a niche in 3D content work.
We start, humbly enough, with getting Dark GDK to work with Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2013. It was an arduous process, but I am happy to say I can now compile Dark GDK applications. (If you would like to hear more about this process, see the following thread: http://forum.thegamecreators.com/?m=forum_view&t=209733&b=22
Ah, good; much was accomplished. Now I began to write a User Interface. It starts simply, click-zones and button animations and even Event function hooks, all relatively a walk in the park. But then, Enter the text box, stage right. Suddenly there are entry buffers and timers and multiple function keys. I've got it flying along neatly now, but it was quite the workout for my fingers and mind.
All is well, still. Ah, but then! It suddenly dawns on me. Where is my drag and drop functionality? Drag and Drop was one of the core mechanics of my application in the design stage. I say, perhaps I can hook into the Windows API and intercept some sort of message that must be sent? That's well and good, except I don't know the first thing about the Windows API. Furthermore, Dark GDK clearly already hooks into said API. Where, and how, do I modify this default behavior?
I thought too, perhaps I can start all over and create a Windows API application from the beginning; throw out this needless Homebrew GUI; drop in some REAL WinForms. Ah, but again, I am not skilled in the use of the windows API. Not in the slightest.
My dear reader, I congratulate you on making it this far. I implore you for advice, anecdotes, sympathy, and solutions.
I thank you.