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Before anything else, I have to ask: why didn't you just use this program? You're already forgetting portability by using the Win32 API, you might as well just save yourself the 40 lines and tell another program to do the work.

Microsoft's Windows API contains far too much administrative overhead...

Hey, haven't you ever wanted to win a million dollars? The day programming becomes easy, I'll write you the cheque.

This overhead is very poorly documented.

The nature of any kind of library/module/program's documentation is that sometimes the more obscure aspects are not well documented. Sadly sometimes even the commonly used features aren't always documented (feel free to point me to some serious Win32::GUI documentation).

But NONE of those sites are as convenient as the Camel or the Camel head.

Can you point me to where in the camel it tells me how to implement graph algorithms for creating wizards? (Think I'm being anal? We do this at work, but using a tool that is not Perl). Or how about the part about creating editmasks in text controls? I would want to do this all the time, but haven't been able to find out how it could be done (and no longer care, because I wouldn't use Perl for serious GUI programming).

The point is, it's in the Camel because changing an owner of a file is something Larry thought a fair number of readers might want to do. If the authors of the books on the Win32 API forgot to mention a simple way of changing ownership of a file, I'd forgive them. It's certainly something I can't even think of needing for any of the Windows programs I've written, and currently work on (and yet, I've done it on Unix systems, just because I could).

How do you propose that I "match the tool against the task" of changing a file's owner?

If this is the entire purpose of the program then you shouldn't have written it because it's already been done. If it's just a tiny piece, I wouldn't think twice about it. Move on.

This example of API overhead is not an isolated case. I've been programming in Windows API for a few years now, and it's always been a huge mess for anything other than popping up message boxes.

Eeek, wait until all the other Windows programmers find this out!


In reply to Re: Re: Re: Changing owner of files: Windows vs Linux (or Why I hate Windows) by mothra
in thread Changing owner of files: Windows vs Linux (or Why I hate Windows) by ton

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