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Linking code to LISTBOX

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Using straight calls to GetClassInfoEx (to get LISTBOX
class info, RegisterClassEx (to create class linking
to my WndProc_Main), and CreateWindow, I am unable to
load the list with any data using
SendMessage(..LB_ADDSTRING..) calls.
No errors are returned.
If I pass "LISTBOX" as the Class in the CreateWindow
call (for test purposes), everything works.
I have also tried DefDlgProc (instead of DefWindowProc)
in WndProc_Main() to no avail.
FYI:I am a very experienced pgmer, but new to Windows
(I may be missing something "obvious").
I have a very small "working" example for anyone
interested.
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Question by:markgilmore
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by:Tommy Hui
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Using RegisterClassEx is designed for new window classes you intend to use within the context of your program. It does not let you subclass or superclass any existing window classes. The major problem is the wndproc associated with the window class. Since the wndproc is nothing but a pointer, the pointer is invalid in your case because the wndproc points to a non-valid function. So if you want to use a listbox, you will need to create the wndow with the LISTBOX classname, otherwise it won't work.
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by:markgilmore
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I guess I understand that I must use the LISTBOX class for
it to work. What I am missing is how to link my code
(WndProc_Main or anything else) TO the LISTBOX so that
I can monitor its status (like user selections, etc).
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I hate to do dissagree with Thui, since I don't think he makes mistakes, but I think he (or maybe me) missunderstood something here.

Assume whatyou are trying to do mark is to start with the standard windows list window and to midify it slightly.  This is done by "super-classing".  You write a window procedure that handles a few messages differently and then passes anything it does not treat differently on to the original procedure.  

Your technique sounded right.  You get the window information with GetClassInfoEx() and you record the pointer to the window procedure specified there (Despite what Thui said (this makes me nervous), this is a valid pointer to a Windows DLL procedure.)
next you register a new listbox window class.  You specify the same information to RegisterClassEx as you obtained from the GetClassInfoEx.  Except you change the window procedure pointer to point to your "list window procedure".  (You can also make some little changes like increasing the window or class extra size, changing brushes, cursors etc, be careful though)

Now you "list window procedure" can look at any messages it want to, modify them if desired, handle them if desired and them pass any messages it wants (most messages) on to the original window procedure.  Note you don't call the DefaultWindowProc() or the default dialog procedure.  You call the procedure that was registered with the list window (it will (eventually) call the default window procedure for most messages).

Note that you will have at least two window procedures in your program.  The list window procedure will not be the same as you main window's window procedure.
Then you specify a pointer to youthe
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by:nietod
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After rereading your comment I'm beginning to wonder if I missundestood you.  Are you just trying to use an ordinary listbox and get you main window procedure you know what is happening in the list box?  That is, what is find out what is highlighted, etc.  If so, you don't need to sub-class or super-class the list box window.  Just use an ordinary list box.  The window that owns the list box (or other windows) can comunicate with the listbox using messsages.  

For example, you can send the LB_CURSEL to get the index of the currently highlighted item.  You can use LB_GETTEXT to get the text of a specified item, etc.  There are a bunch of "LB_" messages you can use, depending on what you need to do.

If you want to be notified when things happen in the list box, like when the highlight changes, your main window (the owner window of the list box, to be precise) will receive messages notifying it of changes.  The LBN_SELCHANGE is send to the owner when the selection (highlight) is changed.  The LBN_DBLCLCK is send when the user double clicks an item in the list box.  There are other notification messages sent as well, all begin with "LBN_".
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