This course will show you how to build context-menu shell extensions for Windows, using the C++ programming language. COM is not a prerequisite, since basic COM elements for shell extensions programming will be introduced in the first module. In this course I'll use both pure C++ (without the help of any framework), and C++ with ATL (which is a mature industry standard framework for doing COM development in C++ on Windows). I'll introduce a couple of different techniques for building context-menu shell extensions: one based on the IExecuteCommand COM interface, and another based on the IContextMenu COM interface.
Giovanni Dicanio is a computer programmer specialized in both cross-platform C and C++, and Windows operating system development. He is a Microsoft MVP for Visual C++. He also blogs on msmvps.com/gdicanio.