DDEPoke Structure

Has anyone got any information/examples regarding the DDEPoke
facility.  As I'm sending data to a 3rd party application that wants
the data in it's own format, I can't use the DDE components that came
with Delphi, so I have to use the Win API ones.  I've managed to
receive data but I've got a problem when it comes to sending data.

I've got something like this so far, but it keeps crashing the 3rd
party application.

  ItemAtom : TAtom;
  hData : THandle;
  poke : ^TDDEPoke;
  gc   : TMyData;
   hData:=GlobalAlloc(GHND or GMEM_DDESHARE ,

   if poke=NIL then
   poke^.cfformat:=cfGrail;   { Already registered with the clipboard


   itematom := GlobalAddAtom('CONFERENCE');
   if PostMessage(hWndGrail,wm_DDE_POKE,
Handle,MAKELPARAM(hData,itematom)) then

etc. etc.

Anyone done anything like this and can shed any light onto the matter

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When do you dispose the memory block?

Dazza051197Author Commented:
Memory block disposed of when I receive a DDEAck from the other application.  But I never get that far because the other app GPF's.  If I mess around with the GMEM_xxxx options then I sometimes get the other app not to GPF but it doesnt get the actual data I'm sending, it gets some garbage.
Is this 16 or 32-bit?


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Dazza051197Author Commented:
I'm writing it in 32 bit Delphi 2, but the database application I'm talking to is only 16 bit, but does work ok on Win 95 and NT.
I'm not entirely sure this will help, but according to my docs you should not use MAKELONG in win32, as the global memory handle is a long.

Look up PackDDElParam in API help, and use this instead. This works well for 32-bit to 32-bit DDE, but I haven't had the chance to test against a 16-bit DDE server.



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Dazza051197Author Commented:
Apologies for my late reply.  You pointed me in the right direction, the problem was with the 32 bit handle being a long and the 16 bit application I'm talking to didn't like it.  I needed to be able to make a long up from my 2 integers so 32 bit Delphi is out of the question, I've now compiled my program successfully in 16 bit Delphi (thank goodness they put that on the CD with Delphi 2).  Any one know how to get a 16 bit handle to a global memory location so I dont need 2 applications.
Hummm... A possibility would be writing the DDE part in a 16-bit DLL and then thunk down calling it from your app.


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