Media praise for Inside the Windows 95 Registry

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More than one book has emerged purporting toDespite the fact that the title specifically says "Windows 95," the book covers the NT registry better than some books claiming to do it all. Other books on the say about it, beyond the published API. This book leaves you amazed the book by listing a handful of the many topics covered. saw anyone actually perform a benchmark to provide data instead of registry, this book spends some time telling you what you should put tasks, such as recording window size/position and recording a most-recently-used file list. If you think that's an obvious topic that no registry book could omit, you haven't read some of the stinkers I have. There's a large, informative section on the registry manipulations involved in setting up file associations (so the right programs are associated with the right file extensions). There's information on where to define MIME content types. There's a chapter devoted to using the registry with Visual Basic, which has its own special set of issues. Would you believe there's a chapter on accessing the Win95 registry from VxDs and 16-bit DOS or Windows applications? Amazing!

The information here is not just a parroting of facts obtainable elsewhere, but is rich in experience. For example, the documentation can tell you the location of the registry key that contains DLLs shared by more than one application; this book will tell you that, in practice, people are storing any kind of shared file (.vxd, .exe, .hlp, etc.) there.

In real life, you might need to figure out what some application is reading from the registry in order to figure out why it isn't working. The code disk includes a registry spy utility to help you do that. There's just a wealth of experience in this book, including innumberable asides that solve little mysteries about the registry and applications that use the registry.

All programmers do not need a book on the registry. The published API is not terribly difficult to use to perform basic tasks. However, once the task exceeds simply storing a few values in a few locations of your own choosing, the odds go up that an external source of information will be helpful. If you're going to own any book about programming the registry, this is the one to have. --Ron Burk, "Windows Developer's Journal"