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Using resource editor in MS VC++ 4.0

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I have a very simple program (from Schildt's "Windows 95 Programming") which has a single menu with just a couple options.  It works fine from VC++ V4.0 IFF I hand edit the resource script from scratch.  I want to use the provided resource editor.  When I try it, it creates the menu in a .rc file, it provides a resource.h file (which I include) and when I BUILD ALL, it appears to be compiling the resource script.  But, when I run the program, there simply is no menu at all.  I have not made any changes to the .c file which worked just fine with the hand-editted resource script, and have made sure that all of my identifiers are the same.  But It just does not link in the resource file.  What am I doing wrong?
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waimun earned 100 total points
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Have you include the resource.h file in your .c file?
#include "resource.h"
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try the above
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by:kmullin
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I found my answer through other means.  The answer was this:
Schildt's book had me code:
     wcl.szlpMenuName = "MyMenu";
which worked fine.  But, when the resource editor creates it, it modifies (something?) that doesn't want a character string as the menu name value (as above.)  It wants an integer value that specifically identifes the menu.  The resource editor provides this in the resource.h file in the form of a #define, as in
     #define MYMENU 101
So, I had to change the code (remove the quotations) with
     wc.szlpMenuName = MYMENU;
and it works fine.  THAT's the piece I was missing.

To be fair to waimum, he didn't have enough to work with.
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by:kmullin
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I have a follow up question.

Using the solution found above, I get numerous warnings from the compile.  This is really hokey!  Does anyone know if there is another way?
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by:kmullin
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I found the answer to this question as well.  In my solution, I said I coded
     wc.szlpMenuName = MYMENU;
But what I had to do, to prevent the warnings, was code it using a Windows provided macro, as in:
    wc.szlpMenuName = MAKEINTRESOURCE(MYMENU);
and THAT suppressed the warnings.

I'm going to delete the question, because I found the answer.
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