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1997\06\02@043928 by Mike

At 06:51 PM 6/1/97 -0600, you wrote:
>On serial comms,
>        I didn't see anybody else mention it so, under the Win32 API
>serial ports are accessed using CreateFile(), ReadFile(), and WriteFile()
>where the 'file' is COM1, COM2, etc... I've never done this mind you and
>am just looking at "About Communications" in the Win32 SDK.

Sorry - guys - off topic but relevant to this thread, feel free to
email direct to keep this off the list etc.

Where does one get a full detailed cross referenced list of all
Win3.11 and Win95 API's and access methods etc. There have been times
when it would have been real useful to write a short (and hopefully)
simple assembler routine to use a small number of API's but have not
been able to understand how to access them 'directly'. I can get through
via Borland Pascal -  but find the results very complex and burdened
with so much 'extra' code that it gets a bit ungainly. I'm uncomfortable
with my present understanding of the mechanism of access into the
Windows API system and feel I am missing something - I feel I need
to go down a few levels to understand it better...

Is the Windows API as accessible as a simple Jump table at a specified
memory location - something like MSDOS and CP/M etc ? AND is there
a list of these addresses/links with descriptions readily available ?

I also hear MicroSoft will still not publish some of the more 'clever'
Win3.11 API's - is this true or has someone hacked them out etc...


Perth, Western Australia

The most isolated town (small city) on the planet.

Some say there is no magic but, all things begin with thought then it becomes
academic, then some poor slob works out a practical way to implement all that
theory, this is called Engineering - for most people another form of magic.

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