Building Tree Ctrl into Dialog

Help ! I'm trying to build a tree control into a dialog. I can create such a control by "drawing" it in the dialog box then assigning a member variable to it and manipulating it using the dialog class and using the member variable to fill the tree with data - so far no problem !

But my app needs to be able to read a file containing tree structure data when it opens, the user can modify that data, then the updated data is saved on exit.

The problem is that in order to save the data I need access to the Serialise function of the control. I think this means that I need to create a separate new class based on CTreeCtrl. However, within that new class I cannot find a way of connecting it to the control which I have created in my dialog box, and no way of mapping its members.

Please can someone tell me how I can make "child" control classes such as CTreeCtrl work with a "parent" dialog class so that the dialog class is linking with the control class, and where I should be adding data to my control - within the Dialog class or the CTreeCtrl class. How are you supposed to implement these control classes?

Sorry if the question is a messy one  - ask for more details or tell me if I'm being an idiot !

Thank you,
Boedeker
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girts063098Connect With a Mentor Commented:
As I understood you want to create new class such as CMyTreeCtrl with new(your own) methods like LoadDataFromFile(). To do it you have to:
(you have already "drew" tree control in dialog box)
1.Create new class CMyTreeCtrl with CTreeCtrl as base class.
2.When assigning a member variable to it choose type - CMyTreeCtrl.
Now CMyTreeCtrl is the base class of tree control you "drew".
Now you can add your own methods to CMyTreeCtrl or override existing ones.

Girts.
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boedekerAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot Girt - I just needed to know how to map the member variable to my "child" class, so your answer is perfect !

Boedeker
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