Writing an OLE Automation Container with VC++

Posted on 1997-02-04
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
I want to access a simple OLE Automation Server I wrote in VB, but I can't get it working. Ok, I am a relative newbie to OLE programming with VC++, but I think I did everything as described in the books (Brockschmidt etc.), but no.

Anyway, here's what I am doing. I'd be very grateful if anybody has an idea what's wrong.

I first initialize OLE, create the object, get its IDispatch interface and the DISPID for a property called 'Color' with the following statements:



    hr = CoCreateInstance(CLSID_LayoutServer, NULL,                           CLSCTX_LOCAL_SERVER,
                          IID_IDispatch,                           (LPVOID*)&m_pIDispatch);
    hr = NameToID(T2OLE(_T("Color")), &m_DILayoutColor);

This seems to work fine (hr is always 0, I deleted these checks here to save some space). The variables used are defined as follows:

        IDispatch* m_pIDispatch;        //Interface we use
        DISPID     m_DILayoutColor;     //long (I4) Prop

        CLSID       CLSID_LayoutServer;

The NameToID function is just a wrapper around GetIDsOfNames without all the parameters of that function to retrieve DISPID's more easily:

   HRESULT CLayoutClientDlg::NameToID(OLECHAR* pszName,                                          DISPID* pDispID)
         HRESULT hr;

         hr = m_pIDispatch->GetIDsOfNames(IID_NULL,                                      &pszName, 1,
                                     LOCALE_SYSTEM_DEFAULT,                                      pDispID);
         return hr;

Now I should be able to get and put the value of this property. I have the following variables to provide the necessary parameters to Invoke:

        HRESULT       hr;
        DISPPARAMS    dp;
        VARIANTARG    va;
        EXCEPINFO     ei;
        unsigned int  uArgErr;

Also two macros to facilitate the setting of parameters:

   #define SETDISPPARAMS(dp, numArgs, pvArgs, numNamed, pNamed) \


To get the value of the color property, I know call Invoke as follows:

        hr = m_pIDispatch->Invoke(m_DILayoutColor,                                   IID_NULL,
                                  LOCALE_SYSTEM_DEFAULT,                                   DISPATCH_PROPERTYGET,                                   &dp, &va, &ei, &uArgErr);

But, the application crashes with an error message "No handle exception in LayoutClient.exe (Oleaut32.dll): 0xC0000005 Access violation" (this is only a translation
of the original japanese message, so it might look somewhat different on an English system). Why?

Setting the property as follows:

        va.vt = VT_I4;
        va.lVal = 255L;

        SETDISPPARAMS(dp, 1, &va, 0, NULL);
        hr = m_pIDispatch->Invoke(m_DILayoutColor,                                   IID_NULL,
                                  LOCALE_SYSTEM_DEFAULT,                                   DISPATCH_PROPERTYPUT,                                   &dp, &va, &ei, &uArgErr);

This produces no error (hr=0), but it doesn't set the value correctly. If I have a VB client reading the value, it is not 255 (some other, non-constant value). 2 VB clients can exchange data this way (one client setting, one reading).

Any help appreciated, thanks.

Question by:swh062500
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mikeblas earned 100 total points
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Your code suffers from a few different problems.

For the GET case:

1) You're not initializing the EXECEPINFO structure.
   You should either pass NULL or memset() the structure
   you send to zeros.
2) You're not initializing the VARIANT for the return value.

For the PUT case:

1) You're not initializing the EXECEPINFO structure.
   You should either pass NULL or memset() the structure
   you send to zeros.
2) You're not initializing the VARIANT for the return value.

For the setup:

1) You should pass IID_IUnknown and separately QI the object
   for IID_IDispatch and not ask CoCreateInstance() for
   IID_IDispatch.  Many objects get sick if created by a query
   for IID_IDistpach instead of IID_IUnknown.

.B ekiM


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