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Chewy509



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Hi Guys,

Since from my current understanding that it's not possible to make use of the .NET framework directly from our asm written applications, does anyone know a way to emulate or reproduce the look and feel of .NET based apps using the Win32 API, either through a 3rd-party DLL, native Win32 DLLs or some library/wrapper that someone here has written?

I've searched through MSDN (and can't find it), but does anyway have the current UI design guidelines for Windows (for .NET based applications)? Just a link would be fine.

PS. I know .NET applications can call DLLs we make using fasm, but my understanding, not the other way around since .NET apps are compiled not to native machine code, but rather to a byte-code form, (which is then assembled into machine code at run-time).
Post 24 May 2007, 03:45
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vid
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i believe it can cooperate both ways, i have been reading some MSDN blogs on it. But i can't find them now, and it seems to be very rarely used
Post 24 May 2007, 10:02
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IMO, there is really no point to calling .NET code from asm. You might as well just write code in C# or VB if you want to use the .NET runtime.

I'm sure there are ways to reproduce the look and feel though. Look at this link...

http://www.codeguru.com/cpp/controls/buttonctrl/advancedbuttons/article.php/c5161/

You create the way the controls look. This will probably get you close anyway.
Post 28 May 2007, 19:16
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Adam Kachwalla



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Filter has a point. For a small program (in terms of bytes), there is no point adding an extra 50MB redistribution along with it, esp. if the program only takes up something like 300KB! .NET is too bloated and too slow to be used in "standalone" applications anyway, and defeats the purpose of ASM (for speed)
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Chewy509



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I can fully appreciate on why NOT to use the .NET framework from a programmers viewpoint. (Did we really need another incompatible Application Framework in the first place)?

But from a user's perspective anything written to the base Win32/MFC looks "old" and "outdated", and if assembler programmers are to keep mind-share, we need and required to keep our applications looking first class... Not only for the end-users, but also for upcoming developers. If we can show that assembler stills matters, and we can create applications that:
a, offer the same or better functionality than C#/C++/VB apps
b, offer the same (modern) look and feel as .NET apps
c, offer better performance
d, offer a decent framework to work in (FRESH comes to mind)
not only do we grab prestige, but also new developers who don't want to become stuck within the MS timetable of development tools. (It seems every year that MS releases a new API/Framework/Compiler Suite that people keep having to learn in order to stay current and ahead of the game).

Up until Vista and even Beryl (for those on Linux), application looks mattered less than functionality. However it appears that in this day and age, looks matters more than functionality (which IMHO is outrageous).

Hence the question.

PS. Filter, thanks for the link.
Post 29 May 2007, 00:38
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KRA



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I must say that the technique for creating dialogs etc. used in .NET makes the programs look ugly.
Even a 4 year old kid can do it better.

.NET has it's points but the only thing within it that on the right track is the ability to
make code only runnable under specific permissions.

Too bad I'm the only one at my work who doesn't see .NET as something useful.

Remeber all years back when ever M$ anounced updates and new stuff ?
No one would take the train until atleast version 2 of that thing was up.

Now M$ say .NET and everyone is using it without thinking for more than 1/4 micro second about
if it is a smart or even better solution than what they was using before...

Anyway, This is MY thoughts about it (I hope I'm not alone)
Post 29 May 2007, 10:24
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Goplat



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You don't need to make controls owner-drawn to get them XP themed, there's just this XML you need to put into the resources. http://www.codeproject.com/w2k/xptheme.asp
Post 29 May 2007, 17:51
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.NET controls are more than just XP themed though, they do have additional style to them.

I never said not to program from .NET, instead I simply made the statement that it wouldn't make sense to access .NET from assembler for the purpose of creating a nice GUI. You lose the performance and other benefits of assembler if you do that.

.NET like any other language/framework/programming tool has it's benefits and weaknesses. To say that .NET is horrible and should never be used may cause you to miss out on many opportunities where .NET could be of great value.


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Adam Kachwalla



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KRA wrote:
I must say that the technique for creating dialogs etc. used in .NET makes the programs look ugly.
Even a 4 year old kid can do it better.

.NET has it's points but the only thing within it that on the right track is the ability to
make code only runnable under specific permissions.

Too bad I'm the only one at my work who doesn't see .NET as something useful.

Remeber all years back when ever M$ anounced updates and new stuff ?
No one would take the train until atleast version 2 of that thing was up.

Now M$ say .NET and everyone is using it without thinking for more than 1/4 micro second about
if it is a smart or even better solution than what they was using before...

Anyway, This is MY thoughts about it (I hope I'm not alone)


Yea... Why not draw on the XP/.NET (although Vista looks cool) style? I mean it would make more sense than using .NET, JUST for the UI!

Don't worry. You're not alone (although I'm sure there is at least one Microsoft® Fanatic™ prowling around the board inaccurately stating that "MS.NET ROCKS!")
Post 31 May 2007, 21:17
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here is the info i meantioned. It indicates that .net code and C++ (native) code can cooperate nicely:

http://blogs.msdn.com/branbray/
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Adam Kachwalla wrote:
KRA wrote:
I must say that the technique for creating dialogs etc. used in .NET makes the programs look ugly.
Even a 4 year old kid can do it better.

.NET has it's points but the only thing within it that on the right track is the ability to
make code only runnable under specific permissions.

Too bad I'm the only one at my work who doesn't see .NET as something useful.

Remeber all years back when ever M$ anounced updates and new stuff ?
No one would take the train until atleast version 2 of that thing was up.

Now M$ say .NET and everyone is using it without thinking for more than 1/4 micro second about
if it is a smart or even better solution than what they was using before...

Anyway, This is MY thoughts about it (I hope I'm not alone)


Yea... Why not draw on the XP/.NET (although Vista looks cool) style? I mean it would make more sense than using .NET, JUST for the UI!

Don't worry. You're not alone (although I'm sure there is at least one Microsoft® Fanatic™ prowling around the board inaccurately stating that "MS.NET ROCKS!")


Actually, I'm quite fond of Microsoft .NET. I don't see anything wrong with using it. It does have some drawbacks but generally speaking it gets the job done.
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vid wrote:
here is the info i meantioned. It indicates that .net code and C++ (native) code can cooperate nicely:

http://blogs.msdn.com/branbray/


I think that is a compiler feature that allows the code to jump from native to .NET and back. This would be like a special PInvoke with the native code built in to the exe.
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Adam Kachwalla



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Filter wrote:
Adam Kachwalla wrote:
KRA wrote:
I must say that the technique for creating dialogs etc. used in .NET makes the programs look ugly.
Even a 4 year old kid can do it better.

.NET has it's points but the only thing within it that on the right track is the ability to
make code only runnable under specific permissions.

Too bad I'm the only one at my work who doesn't see .NET as something useful.

Remeber all years back when ever M$ anounced updates and new stuff ?
No one would take the train until atleast version 2 of that thing was up.

Now M$ say .NET and everyone is using it without thinking for more than 1/4 micro second about
if it is a smart or even better solution than what they was using before...

Anyway, This is MY thoughts about it (I hope I'm not alone)


Yea... Why not draw on the XP/.NET (although Vista looks cool) style? I mean it would make more sense than using .NET, JUST for the UI!

Don't worry. You're not alone (although I'm sure there is at least one Microsoft® Fanatic™ prowling around the board inaccurately stating that "MS.NET ROCKS!")


Actually, I'm quite fond of Microsoft .NET. I don't see anything wrong with using it. It does have some drawbacks but generally speaking it gets the job done.


I'm not saying that MS.NET is the worst thing that ever happened to mankind... I am saying that there is simply no point using .NET in an application written in ASM (especially if all you are after is looks)
Post 16 Jun 2007, 23:41
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I just found out that a large part, if not all, of the .NET framework is exposed by a COM interface. It should be easy to use the .NET framework from assembler as long as you have a handle on using COM/ActiveX in assembler.

I believe this was done so that older VB6 applications can take advantage of it.
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