How do I use other libraries in C++? Specifically using the PDCurses library in the latest version of Visual Studio Express? What's the general way to set a libray up, how to use it? Thank you for your time and patience.
Go to Project --> <Project name> Properties (last menu item) --> Configuration Properties --> Linker --> Input. Then in the right pane, add the lib name in the first item Additional Dependencies.
Under Linker --> General, add the complete path to the lib in Additional Library Directories.
An alternative to the first paragraph above is to use a pragma in one of the *.c or *.cpp files
#pragma comment(lib, "libcurses.lib")
how to use it?
The same way you would use standard C libraries, include the *.h file in the *.c or *.cpp file that is going to use the functions in the library. If you're asking how to use PDCurses I think you will find tutorials if you just google for them.
A warning about using PDCurses -- it is a Windows port of a very very old *nix program which I believe even predates Windows 95. I used it on Unix in the mid 1980s. I don't know how well it works on modern Windows such as Windows 7/8/8.1.