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Accessing the Windows API in Visual Basic


The Windows Application Programming Interface, or API, is a complex set of functions for interacting with Windows. In this article, Jason attempts to shed some light on this topic by explaining what an API is, and providing an example of how to access one through Visual Basic.

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By: Jason Brimblecombe
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December 12, 2001
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Accessing the Windows API in Visual Basic
  2. · What is the Windows API?
  3. · Exploring the API function list
  4. · Your first API call
  5. · Calling the API
  6. · Conclusion

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The Windows Application Programming Interface, or API, is a complex set of functions which allow Visual Basic, C++, Java and Delphi programmers to gain access to many of the functions that windows uses internally, such as printing, thread-based resources, and the registry.

In this article, I will try to help demistify this difficult topic by explaining a bit about API's. I will also provide a working example in Visual Basic to show how to call an API.
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