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Regarding the tip of the day called "Dynamic Win32 Console Allocation": You can change the color of the text you send to the console. This makes debugging via the console even more concise.

It is done by the Win32 API command

BOOL SetConsoleTextAttribute(
  HANDLE hConsoleOutput,  // handle to console screen buffer
  WORD wAttributes        // text and background colors
); 

For example, to display a text in sunny yellow, you say:

HANDLE stdout = GetStdHandle( STD_OUTPUT_HANDLE );
SetConsoleTextAttribute(stdout, FOREGROUND_RED | FOREGROUND_GREEN |
FOREGROUND_INTENSITY);
printf("This is a yellow text.\n"); 

The following attributes are defined:

FOREGROUND_BLUE
FOREGROUND_GREEN
FOREGROUND_RED
FOREGROUND_INTENSITY
BACKGROUND_BLUE
BACKGROUND_GREEN
BACKGROUND_RED
BACKGROUND_INTENSITY

Kind regards

Armin Kaussner


The zip file viewer built into the Developer Toolbox made use of the zlib library, as well as the zlibdll source additions.

 

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