Our First Control

I'm going to use a simple button control example to help cover some of the code used in this article. The name of this control will be SimpleButton. I wont be covering every single function used, merely the most important or interesting ones. The code for the full project including examples is available for you to browse, read and download here:

https://github.com/mrfearless/SimpleButton

Here is what our SimpleButton control will look like when its in operation:

Very simple, but for our purposes should be fine to help cover the steps required to create the controls behaviour. We will allow the end-user to specify the background, text and border colors for seperate states such as: selected, enabled and mouse over. We will paint the background, the text and border based on those current states and handle mouse interaction, cursors and emulate a push button effect and/or a toggle state. All these options will be handled by using flags and properties that we define for use with our SimpleButton control.

Firstly I create two files: SimpleButton.asm that will contain the main code for the control and an include file called SimpleButton.inc. The SimpleButton.inc file be included from within SimpleButton.asm and will also be distributed along with the compiled static library of the control once we are finished SimpleButton.lib.

SimpleButton.inc will include function prototypes for users to call that will create and manipulate the SimpleButton control. Also included will be any structures or constants that will be required for the user to use in conjunction with the functions we create, and we will also include some custom messages for our control as well.

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