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Hi,

Using Visual C++ and the CreateThread function I have a problem with member functions.  If i call CreateThread
as follows

hconin = ::CreateThread(NULL,0,
      (LPTHREAD_START_ROUTINE)                                 WorkerThread,
      0,
      CREATE_SUSPENDED,
      &id);

Where WorkerThread is a global function everything is OK.
But if I define WorkerThread to be a member function of the Class that is calling CreateThread i get an error at compile time.  

error C2440: 'type cast' : cannot convert from 'overloaded function type' to 'unsigned long (__stdcall *)(void *)'

Anyone any ideas

Thanks

Robert

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Thats because a pointer to a normal member function takes a "this" pointer (changing the signature of the function).  You should use a static member function as the address passed to CreateThread(), pass the "this" pointer instead of "0", cast
the this pointer in the static function to your class type and
then call the non-static member function.  For example:

class MyThread {
  void ActualThreadFunction();
 
  static void StaticThreadFunction(void *ptr)
  {
    MyThread * myThread = reinterpret_cast<MyThread *>(ptr);
    myThread->ActualThreadFunction();
  }
 
  void Start()
  {
    // ...
    CreateThread(NULL,0,
      (LPTHREAD_START_ROUTINE)StaticThreadFunction,
      this,CREATE_SUSPENDED,&id);
    // ...
  }
};

Also, (this for free) you _really_should_ (really) use
_threadbeginex() instead of CreateThread() to avoid resource
leaks.

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