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What does LoadLibrary really return on Error?

laleonard
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In 16-bit land, ::LoadLibrary() returned HINSTANCE_ERROR (which has a value of 32) on error.  In 32-bit land, the help now says it returns NULL on error.  Is that true, or is this a documentation bug?  (I'm not having any problems, I'd just like to be sure before I change all my code...)
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I think the documentation is correct.  To be absolutely safe though, I would recommend using a macro definition to perform your validation.

#ifdef _WIN32
#define IS_VALID_HINSTANCE(hInst) ((hInst) != (HINSTANCE) NULL)
#else
#define IS_VALID_HINSTANCE(hInst) ((hInst) != HINSTANCE_ERROR)
#endif


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You can use it as follows:

hinstLib = LoadLibrary(...);
if (IS_VALID_HINSTANCE(hinstLib)
{
   // do something
}

This should work as well

if (IS_VALID_HINSTANCE(hinstLib = LoadLibrary(...))
{
    // do something
}

If you find the documentation to be in error, you need only change the macro definition in one place!  It also can help to protect if the api changes in the future.
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