Advanced CMarkup Developer

The Advanced CMarkup product starts with the CMarkup Developer version and bundles in the full MFC source code of three Visual Studio 6.0 projects. These programs all use CMarkup intensively and are a valuable resource for programmers implementing the numerous kinds of functionality they cover.

The Advanced Developer component source code is not available for evaluation, but the programs are free so you are strongly encouraged when applicable to try out the programs under the conditions you would be using the components. And if you have specific requirements you are counting on, please ask before purchasing. When you purchase an Advanced CMarkup Developer License you get:

  • everything in CMarkup Developer
  • firstobject XML Editor Visual Studio project source code
  • firstobject News Reader Visual Studio project source code
  • firstobject XML Messaging Visual Studio project source code
  • unlimited royalty-free use of these source code components compiled into your commercial applications
  • a year of priority support and upgrades

    Advanced CMarkup Developer
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    These Visual Studio projects utilize the developer version of CMarkup, and they contain a treasure trove of useful C++ MFC source code including reusable classes encapsulating editing, printing, sockets, buffers, markup viewing, animation, message nodes, and dialog threads.

    Advanced CMarkup Developer License

    The Advanced CMarkup Developer License symbol is displayed by source code components only available to Advanced CMarkup Developers.

    This is not a typical component package because it is the entire source code for these freeware programs. All of these features are demonstrated in action, allowing you to learn by example which is perhaps the deepest, most reliable kind of documentation. A few of the classes are lightly documented (follow the links below), but may change slightly from release to release within reason.

    The carefully designed classes and project architectures are meant to be small, compact and easy to understand with descriptive names and straight to the point implementation to match expectations of Visual Studio developers. Code snippets and pseudo code are provided below to give a sense of what is involved.

    Top 10 features of the Advanced CMarkup Developer product

    Any one of the major classes and feature points in the Advanced CMarkup Developer sources represents fifty to as many as several hundred hours of development as well as reuse and testing in various scenarios. So it is a worthwhile purchase for any one of the following features.

    1. CDataEdit a large text edit control. This is a CWnd derived class with no other dependencies. It demonstrates high-performing and efficient editing, syntax coloring, and printing. In a non-Unicode build it uses UTF-8 and converts to wide char for Win32 APIs on the fly.

    CDataEdit m_edit;
    // OnCreate
    if ( ! m_edit.Create( this, IDC_EDIT_EG ) )
    	return -1;
    m_edit.SetWordWrap( false );
       firstobject XML editor text editing

    2. CMarkupTreeCtrl a virtual tree control. This is a class that is derived from CWnd (not utilizing Windows treeview or listview common controls). It displays a tree based on the contents of a CMarkup object, and is very light because it contains no data of its own (thus "virtual"). All the code is here for handling Windows messages drawing the tree from scratch.

    CMarkupEditorTreeCtrl m_tree;
    CImageList m_ilTree;
    // OnCreate
    if ( ! m_tree.Create( this, IDC_TREE_EG ) )
      return -1;
    m_ilTree.Create( IDB_IL_TREE,
      16, 0, RGB(255,255,255) );
    m_tree.SetImageList( &m_ilTree );
       firstobject XML editor tree viewing

    3. CMudCtrl an HTML-like control. This is a CWnd derived class that takes a markup text string and displays it. It is easy to put formatted text on a dialog surface, and have hyperlinks with specialized attributes.

    <I>Please</I> <A href="home.htm" flags="56">click</A>.
       firstobject News Reader feed viewing

    4. XML formatting. Use the code supplied in CMarkupEditorView::Beautify to develop your own specialized XML aligning and indenting. This function has options for the indent and the placement of attributes and demonstrates an efficient mechanism for append-based creation of a large document.

    // Start tag
    csTagName = xml.GetTagName();
    SmartAppend( csNew, nNewBufLen,
      CString("<"+csTagName) );
    nAttr = 0;
    while ( ! (csAttr=
        xml.GetAttribName(nAttr++)).IsEmpty() )
      xml.GetAttribOffsets( csAttr,
        &nStart, &nLen );
       viewing formatted XML in the firstobject XML editor

    5. CAnimationEngine class to move and transform text and images. This class makes animation easy by managing a cache of animation items which can be added by setting simple properties.

    CAnimationEngine m_ae;
    GetClientRect( &m_rect );
    CPaintDC dc( this );
    m_ae.SetScreen( dc, m_rect );
    CAnimationItem* pItemCake = NULL;
    pItemCake = &m_ae.CreateItem( csLetter );
    pItemCake->SetFont( "36,Verdana" );
    pItemCake->SetStart( m_ae.RandPt(90) );
    pItemCake->SetFrames( 300 );
       captured moment in firstobject News Reader screen saver

    6. CMessageNode class to queue, send and receive messages. This multithreaded class implements a single instance TCP/IP listener (using the CSock class) peer to communicate with other instances on other machines. Applications access the CMessageNode via the CNodeHandler class which locates or starts the machine's single instance node.

    // Main service
    CNodeHandler m_nodehandler;
    m_nodehandler.StartNode( csNodeName );
    CString csLoc = m_nodehandler.GetLoc();
    // Monitor
    CNodeHandler m_nodehandler;
    m_nodehandler.NotifyMonitor( m_hWnd );
    m_nodehandler.GetAppList( xml );
    // Client application
    CNodeHandler m_nodehandler;
    m_nodehandler.Register( csAppID );
    while ( m_nodehandler.Retrieve(&xmlMsg) )
      csStatus = xmlMsg.FindGetData(
          "/*/Payload/Status" );
       Buyer window in firstobject XML messaging demo

    7. Character set encoding functions. The firstobject XML editor contains code to enumerate system supported encodings and display Unicode and ANSI encoding information on characters.

       viewing Unicode code point output in firstobject XML editor

    8. CGripperBar an MDI docking bar control. This is a CControlBar derived class that manages docking locations of multiple gripper bars. Unlike other implementations this is better modularized to return position state as a string rather than trying to write to the registry or a configuration file for you. It demonstrates the drawing of the control bar edges in the same style as the CDividerCtrl also included in the firstobject XML Editor project.

    // MainFrame::OnCreate
    if ( ! m_wndOutBar.Create(
        _T("OutBar"),this,ID_BAR_EG) )
    	TRACE0("Failed to create output bar\n");
    	return -1;
    EnableDocking( CBRS_ALIGN_ANY );
    m_wndOutBar.EnableDocking( CBRS_ALIGN_ANY );
    ShowControlBar( &m_wndOutBar, FALSE, FALSE );
    DockControlBar( &m_wndOutBar,
    UINT nDockState =
    if ( nDockState
        && nDockState != AFX_IDW_DOCKBAR_FLOAT )
      DockControlBar( &m_wndOutBar, nDockState );
       showing output window gripper in firstobject XML editor

    9. CFoalProgram a complete virtual machine, compiler and debugger class. This class houses the standalone FOAL implementation (see the firstobject Access Language), complete with tokenizing, byte code compiling, running and debugging program interface. It is light weight and fast, with no need for separate libraries and all the dependencies and complexities of most language implementations. This includes all of the non-GUI features of FOAL (as seen in the firstobject XML Editor) all inside one FoalProgram.cpp/.h pair of files! You can use this to easily add your own custom scripting and configurability to your product.


    10. CBuffer a binary handling class. This class has thread-safe reference copying so that you can efficiently assign CBuffer values and pass arguments by value. Binary data is made easier with these methods for assigning, appending, and returning a hex string.

    CBuffer buf1;
    buf1.Set( pRaw, nRawSize );
    CBuffer buf2( buf1 );
    buf2 = "JKL";
    CString csHex = buf2.GetViewable(); // "4A4B4C"

    11. A CMarkup object as a multi-thread data repository. The firstobject News Reader uses CMarkup as a feed repository which is accessed by dialog threads, download threads, and even the screen saver thread. The application also demonstrates a single instance implementation that works whether the News Reader is started up by Windows as a screen saver, screen saver settings dialog, or by the user as the News Reader. In all cases the integrity of the single data repository is maintained.