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Time well forgotten

As I said in my previous post, I’ve been doing a lot of unmanaged windows development lately.  I started work on a proof-of-concept for a different project where I need to present a list of fonts for the user to select from.  My first thought was windows API here I come.  I scared up the following interop code:



[DllImport( “gdi32″, EntryPoint=”EnumFontFamiliesEx” ) ] public static extern int EnumFontFamiliesExA( int hDC, ref LOGFONT lpLogFont, int lpEnumFontProc, int lParam, int dw )


Luckily for me I didn’t pursue this route for long.  It dawned on me like a fresh pair of socks, all warm and snug from the dryer: Microsoft has exposed a new set of APIs through the .Net framework that allows easier, object oriented access to resources like the available system fonts.  Duh!  A quick perusal of some documentation brought me to this:



cboFont.DataTextField = “name” ;
cboFont.DataSource = new System.Drawing.Text.InstalledFontCollection().Families ;
cboFont.DataBind() ;


Ah, sweet nourishing System.Drawing.Text.InstalledFontCollection().Families.  It’s going to take me a little while to forget the last month or so of unmanaged debugging . . . but it will be time well forgotten!

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