How to include library in xaml/c++ project?

Aug 8, 2013 at 6:23 PM
First of all, I'm a structure engineer trying to fumble my way through programming. So, please forgive me if my question is stupid.

I have an xaml/c++ metro project. When I try to download library... here are a couple of screenshots.

I'm trying to create a user control that plots equations. What do I need to do to make this work?

Again, many apologies.
Aug 8, 2013 at 6:38 PM
Edited Aug 8, 2013 at 6:39 PM
I'm not sure if OxyPlot is compatible with C++. But lets hear the experts' answers... Good luck
Aug 8, 2013 at 6:46 PM
Edited Aug 8, 2013 at 6:49 PM
everytimer wrote:
I'm not sure if OxyPlot is compatible with C++. But lets hear the experts' answers... Good luck
Why not? When I started learning how to program, every developer I talked to told me C++ was the way to go. Wasn't easy for me to learn enough of it to have a few apps published in the winstore, especially without any prior formal training. Did not know libraries existed until last night, so I'd been writing out everything myself in c++.

You saying I should learn another language? Which one?

Added by edit.

In fact, I still have no idea how to use a library after I installed it. People keep answering me with programmer lingo in one word or one sentence answers.
Aug 8, 2013 at 7:25 PM
Edited Aug 8, 2013 at 7:26 PM
I'm learning C#, and I think it's great. I'm developing an application that takes data from a vibration/acoustic test and then performs some processing. For that first I needed represent my data and OxyPlot is an awesome library for that task. I've tried previously with DDD (another library, but it has serious limitations).

When you download a .dll file from the Internet you may need unblock it. Right-click on the file --> properties --> Unblock.

Personally I recommend you to learn C# + WPF (unless you had some experience in C++ and you don't have time). WPF stands for Windows Presentation Foundation, it provides you tools for creating rich interfaces without cracking your head in program the behavior of each UI element.

I don't know if Phyton suites better for engineering problems, I'll probably start learning it in future.
There is a huge site about programming questions/answers: almost every question that I could have is already answered there, and if its very particular you could ask and if the question makes sense get a answer in matter of minutes.

Good luck!