People talk to other people and exchange their inputs via verbal dialogs. Dialog boxes are the medium to talk to its users and collect their inputs. A dialog box usually contains one or more controls/widgets with which the user enters text, chooses options, or directs the action of the command. Dialog boxes are primarily of two types - modal and modeless.
Modal dialog creates an UI thread and pops above parent window. This dialog gets curser focus on top of parent window and completely blocks parent. Parent windows cannot get focus until dialog closes. About box of any application is a good example of modal dialog.
DialogBox function which is basically a macro creates a modal dialog box from a dialog box template resource. DialogBox does not return control until the specified callback function terminates the modal dialog box by calling the EndDialog function. The DialogBox macro uses the DialogBoxParam function.
Modeless dialog is one which opens on top of parent window but still parent can get focus and process events. Modeless dialog does not block parent window and this is needed when users need to enter frequent inputs and same time want to get the reflection in the parent window. Find/Replace dialog is a good example of modeless dialog.
CreateDialog macro creates a modeless dialog box from a dialog box template resource. The CreateDialog macro uses the CreateDialogParam function.
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