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How to convert c++ .dll file to .Net COM.
I am trying to add VC++(without .Net) project into my .Net Application.
Posted 18-Dec-12 1:37am
Jochen Arndt at 18-Dec-12 7:40am
Please don't repost. You may edit your first post for clarification or additional information.
Richard MacCutchan at 18-Dec-12 9:19am
Short answer, you can't. You need to write a COM wrapper which provides a COM interface to your VB.NET application, and passes requests through to the DLL on the other side. P/Invoke would be much simpler.
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov at 18-Dec-12 20:16pm
Exactly. I answered in detail, please see.
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov at 18-Dec-12 19:42pm

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Solution 1

Bad idea. Forget COM, you won't need it.

Instead, do one of the two things: 1) use P/Invoke to access unmanaged code from .NET Application, or 2) use mixed/mode (managed+unmanaged) C++/CLI project to create intermediate dual executable module which you can use as a .NET assembly and reference in your .NET application.

Please see:[^].

If you need to learn P/Invoke, start from here:[^],[^].

This CodeProject can also be useful: Essential P/Invoke[^].

Now, about C++/CLI mixed-mode (managed+unmanaged) project:

Such project could build a DLL required by the global hooks, but it can contain some managed wrapper CLI code, so, from the standpoint of your .NET application, you can use it as a regular .NET assembly, that is, reference it. Please see:[^],[^],[^],[^].

Please understand that COM was created to introduce some object-oriented feature in use of the OS APIs and modular multi-language applications on non-object-oriented platform. .NET is a strong purely object-oriented platform. You don't need this historical highly convoluted COM technology.

Mika Wendelius at 22-Dec-12 3:54am
Good answer, 5.
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov at 22-Dec-12 20:05pm
Thank you, Mika.

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