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Posted 5 Mar 2002

Yet another approach to Delegates in unmanaged C++

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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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QuestionDownload link is down... Pin
GhostEx28-Jan-13 0:58
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GeneralStraightforward and useful Pin
Yves Tkaczyk21-Oct-05 11:50
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GeneralRe: Straightforward and useful Pin
Mizan Rahman24-Sep-13 2:51
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GeneralRe: Straightforward and useful Pin
Yves Tkaczyk7-Oct-13 8:14
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GeneralRe: Straightforward and useful Pin
Mizan Rahman7-Oct-13 23:21
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GeneralRe: Straightforward and useful Pin
Yves Tkaczyk8-Oct-13 9:13
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GeneralExcellent work Pin
Verifier19-Nov-03 4:08
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GeneralShould not mix C/C++ with .NET Pin
TW23-May-03 1:04
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Generalthreads.. Pin
saltynuts200225-Feb-03 19:32
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Generalget the code to run under VS.NET Pin
Tweety30-Jan-03 7:54
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GeneralRe: get the code to run under VS.NET Pin
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GeneralRe: get the code to run under VS.NET Pin
Tweety26-Aug-04 4:05
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GeneralFairly named "Standard C++" instead biased ads "unmanged C++" ! Pin
Anonymous10-Apr-02 14:24
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GeneralRe: Fairly named "Standard C++" instead biased ads "unmanged C++" ! Pin
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GeneralRe: Fairly named "Standard C++" instead biased ads "unmanged C++" ! Pin
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GeneralRe: Fairly named "Standard C++" instead biased ads "unmanged C++" ! Pin
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GeneralRe: Fairly named "Standard C++" instead biased ads "unmanged C++" ! Pin
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GeneralWell I don't agree! Pin
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GeneralRe: Well I don't agree! Pin
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