->((CMainFrame*): syntax error : '(' ; why?

Posted on 1998-01-14
Last Modified: 2010-04-10
I have some errors that I cannot resolve. I'm using VC++ 4.0, DirectX 3.0.

This line:


Gives the following error:

C:\Vc++\Projects\Asteroid\MainFrm.cpp(579) : error C2039: 'm_pDirectDraw' : is not a member of 'CWnd'

m_pDirectDraw, true enough, is not a member of CWnd. It's a member of class CMainFrame (: public CFrameWnd). That's why I need to cast it to CMainFrame, right? So, I tried:


And received this:

C:\Vc++\Projects\Asteroid\MainFrm.cpp(579) : error C2059: syntax error : '('

What's wrong with a "(" there? I have to cast it. To cast something, you need to enclose the new type in (), right?

How do I fix this?
Question by:TylerRick
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Tommy Hui earned 50 total points
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More correctly, you should use MFC's runtime type info:

  CMainFrame* frame = NULL;
  if (AfxGetApp()->m_pMainWnd->IsKindOf(RUNTIME_CLASS(CMainFrame)))
    frame = (CMainFrame*)AfxGetApp()->m_pMainWnd;
    TRACE("Pointer is not the right type!\r\n");


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Thanks! Both of your suggestions worked.

To nietod:

I had to change your example to:

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Thanks! Both of your suggestions worked.

To nietod:

I had to change your example to:


before it compiled, though.

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