MS Visual C++ 2010 - Beginner

Hello,
I am an iSeries RPG programmer. I have done some C++ courses over the years but never used it. I am now looking to start a small project in C++ and use it as a learning exercise. I have downloaded MS Visual C++ 2010.

My project is quite simple. I involves a customer master file and a customer transaction file. The 1st part of the project will be to maintain both of these files. So I will need to be able to Add/update/delete & inquire on all of the fields on both files. The transaction file will also validate the customer against the customer master file.

Where do I start ? Is there any sample coding out there which I can refer to and base my coding on this ? Is there any documentation which will give me an insight in writing a file maintenance program. Any advise will be most welcome

thanks in advance

regards
Pat Clarke
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ambienceConnect With a Mentor Commented:
SQLite goes very well with QT and pretty easy to use as an embedded database. MySQL isnt bad either and has C++ SDK.
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ambienceCommented:
Since you are going to be working with files I would recommend some iostream tutorials to refresh your C++ acquaintance

http://www.learncpp.com/cpp-tutorial/136-basic-file-io/

This one should be more related to the stuff you'd have to do

http://courses.cs.vt.edu/~cs2604/fall00/binio.html
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ambienceCommented:
BTW, writing a file based database with all CRUD operation support is fairly involved. As a learning exercise perhaps you should also checkout the sources of SQLite that even though is a C implementation of an embedded DB engine, but would have helpful insights.

This one seems more C++ based

http://sourceforge.net/projects/embedb/
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pclarke7Author Commented:
Thanks for you comments ambience, and I will read the iostream tutorials. However much of the online documentation explains how to write to files on the fly (ie data imbedded with the program "outf << This is lie 1 <<endl;") What I am looking to build is a database maintenance screen(s) where the user inputs the data and some of the values are validated against other files,  similiar to the example below:

Customer Master maintenance (Add customer)

Cust#:                             ______
Cust name:                     ________________________________
Address:                         ____________________________________________________________________
Cust type:                       _
Date added                    ________
Date Changed               ________



Customer master maintenance (Inquire)

Cust#  _____  or Alpha Search ____________________________

Cust#    Name                                                                       Type
--------    ----------------------------------------------------------------     -
1234      Joe Blogs                                                                    A
1235      Jack Frost                                                                   A
1236      xxxxxxxxxx                                                                B


The above shows how records are added and displayed. To display the full details the user would click on one of the records displayed in the list and have the option of Updating or deleting. The data entry would validate that customer does not already exist and that the customer type is valid (exists on a customer type table)

It is this type of setup that I am trying to achieve and aslo find some sample coding for similiar projects.

regards
Pat
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ambienceCommented:
C++ out of the box does not support any GUI or webapplications, but there are toolkits that fill the void. For example, the QT toolkit is C++ based. See this tutorial http://sector.ynet.sk/qt4-tutorial/my-first-qt-gui-application.html

What platform would you be developing for? developing on?
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pclarke7Author Commented:
I am developing on windows 2007

Should I be looking at using  an existing desktop database such as MS access or a relational database , rather than creating my own ? If so what would you recommend ?

regards
Pat
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pclarke7Author Commented:
Hi Ambience,
I have had a look at MySql and I think that this would be perfect. I hadn't considered that I could use something like this to develop the database and then process the data through a C++ application. Thanks you for you input which has be a great help. I will now concentrate on the C++ application for learning rather than the database creation.

regards
Pat
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pclarke7Author Commented:
Selecting a relational database such as MySQL rather than trying to re-invent the wheel will allow me to concentract on the application. I would not have twigged this without input from Ambience
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