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Posted 25 Jun 2002

A class to wrap DLL functions

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Make using of dll functions much easy
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My project needs to manage a large set of DLLs. All of them export a same set of functions. None of them link with the main project at compile time. We call them PlugIns. These plugins are used to extend the ability of the main program. Once they are copied into the program directory, the program can use them, and if they are removed from the directory, the main program works just fine, except that some functions cannot be used.

Since these DLLs are not available at the time that the main program is compiled, we have to use LoadLibrary, GetProcAddress and FreeLibrary to use these DLLs. It's really boring! I needed a class to ease this job. In fact, these DLLs looks just like classes (they all have the same interface: a set of functions). Using a class to wrap these DLLs is just reasonable.

Here comes the class CDLLModule. This class is only for deriving. Let's see how to use it first. Suppose you have a DLL which export two functions like this:

int WINAPI GetEngine(char *szEngineType, char *szEngineVersion);
int WINAPI StartEngine(HWND hWnd);

The wrapper class would like this:

class CMyClass : public CDLLModule
                          GetEngine, (char *, char *))
                                  StartEngine, (HWND))

             GetEngine, (char *, char *), "GetEngine")
                   StartEngine, (HWND), "StartEngine")

Then we can use it like this:

CMyClass    module;
module.GetEngine(m_str1, m_str2);

I should explain it in more detail, but I am really not good at English. Anyway, the code is very simple, only 64 lines including comments. I think it's very useful, and I hope you think so too.

One last thing. It's a good idea to check the validation of the function before calling. In another word, if you are not sure that all functions are exported well from the DLL, Call it like this:

if (module.GetEngine)
    module.GetEngine(m_str1, m_str2);

Enjoy :)

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26 Jun 2002 - Initial Revision


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Neil Yao
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I'm a chinese programer living in Shanghai, currently working for a software company whose main business is to deliver computer based testing. Software simulation for computer based testing and certifications is my main responsibility in this company. Execpt for software development, I like out-door activities and photography. I am willing to make friends in China and all over the world, so contact me if you have anything in common with meSmile | :)

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