utilizing mfc class functionality

hi all,
  Is it right that you can use the functionality of a class even though you don't instantiate that class and create an object?? For example, when you use AfxGetApp() function, it returns a pointer to a CWinApp class.  But if I never instantiated an object of that class, then what is it pointing to?

struggling_coder_3203Asked:
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Jaime OlivaresConnect With a Mentor Software ArchitectCommented:
About specific case of AfxGetApp() function: In every MFC application generated with appWizard, a CWinApp class derived object is created. It is called 'theApp', so AfxGetApp() returns a pointer to this class.
Also, static class functions, can be used without instantiating a class. For example

CWnd::FromHandle(HWND hWnd) is a static function that returns a pointer to a window based in its handle number.

CTime::GetCurrentTime() returns an CTime object corresponding to current date/time, it is similar to time(NULL) function. You don't need a previous object to call it.
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struggling_coder_3203Author Commented:
so an object of a class must be instantiated in order to use the functionality???
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Jaime OlivaresSoftware ArchitectCommented:
If you plan to use non-static functions, definitively YES.
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AndyAinscowFreelance programmer / ConsultantCommented:
Functions can be defined as static and, by default, non-static.
Roughly a static function does not require any initialisation that would be performed in the constructor of the class.  This allows one to call a static function of a class without it being instantated.
Give it a try - create a new class yourself and do something like in the header
static int MyStaticFn() {return 2;};
now in your prog do
int x = CMyTestClass::MyStaticFn();
x now has the value 2.
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struggling_coder_3203Author Commented:
so, are all mfc classes static in a wizard generated application????????????????????????????
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