@Minh: Thanks!  This will definitely help.  The only problem now is getting over some minor procrastination problems, (most of them because I play other games and have limited time during the week Tongue Out), and I might get somewhere.  I might want to invest in a heavy duty C++ book also because, while I do know the basics of C++, I'm am probably no-where near to knowing enough about the language to use it in this way.