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I would like to have an application that consists of several
types of documents and views and the views can be seen
together and arranged with the automatic "cascade" and "tile" features you get with MDI.
The problem is, I do not want it to be MDI, i.e. only
one document of each type may exist.
How can I do that ?
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by:mbhakta
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If you are thinking you cannot achieve blocking more than one instance of a view or a document then you should reconsider. There are ways where you can check if a particular document has already been opened by another view. This can be done on a file basis as well as on a C++ object basis. This can be also implemented for views.

Yes, this can be also done without using MDI and instead using SDI or a group of CWnd's (like VB 4.0 does) but this is not clean and often lands with heaps of extra code which would have already been written by MS for a MDI interface.

It is a decision you should make whether you can live with MDI and get the  problem you have sorted out or re-write some  code to get it working on a SDI or worst a dialog based application.

If u come up with more precise details about your problem I will be here to help you.
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by:mco
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Your answer was general. I was expecting something more specific.
Let me rephrase: I will start it off as an MDI (in order for
Visual C++ do all the work related to the "tile" and "cascade"
features).
How do I prevent another instance of a document (not a view)
to be created.
If you give specific sample code lines, I'll give you an A.

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Here is an algorithm : - Start from the active view- Iterate through all the visible (opened) views in the MDI application. Use GetNextView().- Get the document pointer for the view pointer returned from the previous call. - Use IsKindOf() call to check whether the document belongs to a particular class. Keep the count in memory. - Go to the next view. Repeat the previous step. If the counter for that view is more than 1 , that's it you have found another instance of the same doc. Kill that view.Apply this procedure even when a new view is opened. This can go in the OnInitialUpdate() where the view checks for the counter (can be located in theApp). Perform the step 3 and 4 if found.
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