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    Cool Significance of 'return (int) msg.wParam'?

    Hello. I am new to multithreading and was on my way through a simple tutorial when I ran across this line to end the primary thread.

    return (int) msg.wParam;

    I am used to ending my programs in 'return(0);' and was curious as to what the significance of this statement is? Is this the way a thread (using windows API) checks for a success or failure on program termination? Or is there some other reason for this statement?

    Thank you in advance for the help!

    Tyler.

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    Re: Significance of 'return (int) msg.wParam'?

    A thread can return anything it wishes when it exits - it's up to the programmer to decide what to return.

    You use ExitCodeThread to retrieve the value.

    Lastly, the OS doesn't care what value is returned.

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    Re: Significance of 'return (int) msg.wParam'?

    Thanks for the help, that cleared things up for me.

    tyler.

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