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Yet another approach to Delegates in unmanaged C++

, 5 Mar 2002
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Asynchronous delegates in unamanaged C++ using the C# syntax
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Ben Chan introduced a way of simulating delegates in unmanaged code. Although his method works I wanted to have a syntax similar found in the C# language. I also wanted to be able to use async delegates.

Using my solution

Defining a Delegate is simple as this:

Delegate OnBtnClick;
AsyncDelegate OnNewMail;

To add a new delegate handler to those defined above you have to choose whether you want to use a static/global function or a member function. To subscribe a delegate you use a syntax similar to C#'s:

class MyClass
	void Handler1(LPVOID source, DelegateArgs* args)

	static void StaticHandler(LPVOID source, DelegateArgs* args)

void main()
	MyClass instance;
	Delegate OnBtnClick;

	OnBtnClick += NewClassDelegateHandler(MyClass, instance, Handler1);
	OnBtnClick += NewDelegateHandler(&MyClass::StaticHandler);

	LPVOID source = 0;
	DelegateArgs* args = 0;

	// you can also remove a delegate handler from the invocation list
	// OnBtnClick -= NewClassDelegateHandler(MyClass, instance, Handler1);

	OnBtnClick.Invoke(source, args);

NewClassDelegateHandler and NewDelegateHandler are defines that create the appropriate DelegateHandler class. It can be the StaticDelegateHandler for static functions or ClassDelegateHandler for member functions.

The async delegate only overrides the Delegate::Invoke method by creating a thread to invoke the handlers. You can make your delegate thread safe (AsyncDelegate already is) by defining a Delegate like this Delegate ThreadSafeDelegate(true);

IMPORTANT: To use my solution you have to enable runtime type information in your project.


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XicoLoko is a brazilian developer based in Switzerland.

Comments and Discussions

QuestionDownload link is down... PinmemberGhostEx28-Jan-13 0:58 
GeneralStraightforward and useful PinmemberYves Tkaczyk21-Oct-05 11:50 
GeneralRe: Straightforward and useful PinmemberMizan Rahman24-Sep-13 2:51 
GeneralRe: Straightforward and useful PinmemberYves Tkaczyk7-Oct-13 8:14 
GeneralRe: Straightforward and useful PinmemberMizan Rahman7-Oct-13 23:21 
GeneralRe: Straightforward and useful PinmemberYves Tkaczyk8-Oct-13 9:13 
GeneralExcellent work PinmemberVerifier19-Nov-03 4:08 
GeneralShould not mix C/C++ with .NET PinmemberTW23-May-03 1:04 
Generalthreads.. Pinmembersaltynuts200225-Feb-03 19:32 
Generalget the code to run under VS.NET PinmemberTweety30-Jan-03 7:54 
GeneralRe: get the code to run under VS.NET PinmemberYuetKent25-Aug-04 0:01 
GeneralRe: get the code to run under VS.NET PinmemberTweety26-Aug-04 4:05 
GeneralFairly named "Standard C++" instead biased ads "unmanged C++" ! PinmemberAnonymous10-Apr-02 14:24 
GeneralRe: Fairly named "Standard C++" instead biased ads "unmanged C++" ! PinmemberCachivache15-May-02 18:20 
GeneralRe: Fairly named "Standard C++" instead biased ads "unmanged C++" ! PinmemberM Aamir Maniar10-Mar-03 18:32 
GeneralRe: Fairly named "Standard C++" instead biased ads "unmanged C++" ! PinmemberCholo15-Mar-03 5:53 
GeneralRe: Fairly named "Standard C++" instead biased ads "unmanged C++" ! PinsussCholo Lennon15-Mar-03 5:53 
GeneralWell I don't agree! PinmemberChryler21-Jul-03 22:29 
GeneralRe: Well I don't agree! PinmemberPaul Selormey4-Sep-03 4:09 
Chryler wrote:
And as for unmanaged/standard c++, there is a good reason to use the term unmanaged in this case as it emphasizes the fact that this works for code that is _not_ managed - not, for instance, non-standard-compliant.
By this you mean to say we should start refering to C/C++ programs as unmanaged C++ or what?
If MS decides to refer to their implementation of the C/C++ language for .NET as managed C++, I see no reason why the normal C/C++ should be renamed as unmanaged C++.
If all the so-called managed stuff has to do with cleaning, we already have smart pointers in C++.
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