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Creating and Resolving shell links

, 10 May 2002
An MC++ class that uses IJW to invoke the IShellLink interface
// ShortCut.h

#pragma once

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Runtime::InteropServices;

namespace ShortCutLib
	public __gc class ShortCut
			String* m_filepath;
			String* m_workdir;
			String* m_lnkdesc;
			String* m_lnkpath;

			HRESULT _CreateLink(LPCWSTR FilePath, LPCWSTR LnkPath, LPCWSTR LnkDesc,LPCWSTR WorkDir);
			HRESULT _ResolveLink(LPCWSTR LnkFile, LPWSTR FilePath,LPWSTR LnkDesc,LPWSTR WorkDir);

			__property String* get_FilePath()
				return m_filepath;
			__property void set_FilePath(String *str)
				m_filepath = str;
			__property String* get_WorkDir()
				return m_workdir;
			__property void set_WorkDir(String *str)
				m_workdir = str;
			__property String* get_LnkDesc()
				return m_lnkdesc;
			__property void set_LnkDesc(String *str)
				m_lnkdesc = str;
			__property String* get_LnkPath()
				return m_lnkpath;
			__property void set_LnkPath(String *str)
				m_lnkpath = str;
			bool CreateLink()
				IntPtr strfilepath = Marshal::StringToCoTaskMemUni(FilePath);
				IntPtr strlnkpath = Marshal::StringToCoTaskMemUni(LnkPath);
				IntPtr strlnkdesc = Marshal::StringToCoTaskMemUni(LnkDesc);
				IntPtr strworkdir = Marshal::StringToCoTaskMemUni(WorkDir);
				HRESULT hres = _CreateLink((LPCWSTR)strfilepath.ToPointer(),(LPCWSTR)strlnkpath.ToPointer(),


				return (hres==S_OK);

			bool ResolveLink()
				wchar_t strfilepath[MAX_PATH];
				wchar_t strworkdir[MAX_PATH];
				wchar_t strlnkdesc[INFOTIPSIZE];

				IntPtr strlnkpath = Marshal::StringToCoTaskMemUni(LnkPath);		 
				HRESULT hres = _ResolveLink((LPCWSTR)strlnkpath.ToPointer(),
					strfilepath, strlnkdesc, strworkdir);

				FilePath = strfilepath;
				LnkDesc = strlnkdesc;
				WorkDir = strworkdir;

				return (hres==S_OK);

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Nish Sivakumar

United States United States
Nish is a real nice guy who has been writing code since 1990 when he first got his hands on an 8088 with 640 KB RAM. Originally from sunny Trivandrum in India, he has been living in various places over the past few years and often thinks it’s time he settled down somewhere.
Nish has been a Microsoft Visual C++ MVP since October, 2002 - awfully nice of Microsoft, he thinks. He maintains an MVP tips and tricks web site - where you can find a consolidated list of his articles, writings and ideas on VC++, MFC, .NET and C++/CLI. Oh, and you might want to check out his blog on C++/CLI, MFC, .NET and a lot of other stuff -
Nish loves reading Science Fiction, P G Wodehouse and Agatha Christie, and also fancies himself to be a decent writer of sorts. He has authored a romantic comedy Summer Love and Some more Cricket as well as a programming book – Extending MFC applications with the .NET Framework.
Nish's latest book C++/CLI in Action published by Manning Publications is now available for purchase. You can read more about the book on his blog.
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