The WinBuf Class
The WinBuf class is designed to provide a Windows-based interface for cout and
cin, thereby easing the task of porting non-Windows code. Using the code with
the Microsoft Foundation Classes, you can redefine cout, cin, and cerr to
interact with a window instead of a console-based interface. It can be used
with a few lines at the beginning and end of your code, and a few more files.
This implementation supports buffering of input and output. Right now the input
and output are split into two fields, and maybe I'll fix this later. If you
can suggest any changes or improvements, email me at email@example.com. For background,
please see Google's archive regarding my initial post to news and the responses I got.
There is a tutorial with step-by-step
instructions on how to use the class. You are free to peruse the files:
I could not get the assignment of cout restored to its original value.
Microsoft's implementation of rdbuf() does not allow assignment. Instead they
have ostream_withassign, which doesn't allow me to restore the old value of
cout. I have a copy of a news post that describes
the problem more. If anyone can help we with this, it would be
Example screenshots are below. The unix-style console is on the left, and the
Windows dialog box is on the left.
Copyright 1997 David Coppit. Permission to use and modify
this code for research purposes is granted to provided that
this copyright statement retained in all derivative software.