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i think that this site is more populated.. i exploring deep programming, and i would like to have good start.. i want to determine the parts of this code, and how it works..

i think this is very interesting..

Const EWX_LogOff As Long = 0
       Const EWX_SHUTDOWN As Long = 1
       Const EWX_REBOOT As Long = 2
       Const EWX_FORCE As Long = 4

       Private Declare Function ExitWindows _
               Lib "User32" Alias "ExitWindowsEx" _
               (ByVal dwOptions As Long, ByVal dwReserved As Long) As Long

I'm currently studying in the built-in functions in user32.dll..
i'm quite confused on parts of the code..

what are these constants? is this user-defined constants or the constant name is already constant itself? where can i get this constants?

does every function has its constants?

if i'm not mistaken, is this 'Alias' the Function Name in User32.dll?

one more.. how can i determine it's parameters??

please give me a hand..im little confused...
i'm a kind of programmer that does not want to use codes that i don't perceive.

thanks for any comments and help.

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Constants are named storage locations in memory, the value of which does not change during program Execution. They remain the same throughout the program execution. When the user wants to use a value that never changes, a constant can be declared and created. The Const statement is used to create a constant. Constants can be declared in local, form, module or global scope and can be public or private as for variables. Constants can be declared as illustrated below.

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This should answer your question in full. Happy coding.


Question no.1: What are these constants?

These constants are built in or should I say came with the function itself, you can get information about these constants for every functions by looking within the documentation of these functions ->
you can look some of these functions in Win32 Programmer's Reference, or just Google for the function that you want and it will show up

Question no.2 and 3: is this user-defined constants or the constant name is already constant itself?

NO, you can change the declaration name of these constants, but not the values, these constant values have a corresponding meaning to the function itself

Question no. 4: if i'm not mistaken, is this 'Alias' the Function Name in User32.dll?
how can i determine it's parameters??

Yes, the Alias name corresponds to the function name inside the .DLL library
You can determine it's parameter by looking at it's documentations

you can go to this website for more information, tutorials and example programs in using these API functions


NOTE: be sure to check and download their API-Guide, and the API Viewer, it contains about more than 900+ API functions with example codes, and explanations...:D

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Poisoned heart, you explained it well. all questions are answered. thank you!!!
it's very nice of you sharing your knowledge. thanks again. =)

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