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MFC in console application?

Daniel_E
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What parts of MFC (if any) can be used in an application
without a CWinApp-derived class (no message pump)?

This is a list of things I've been using:
* CFile, CSocketFile
* CArchive
* the Internet services (CInternetSession)
* simple value types (CString, CTime, ...)
* Windows sockets (CAsyncSocket/CSocket)
* different synchronisation objects (CEvent, CMutex, ...)

Am I right to assume that these will work correctly
in, for example, a simple console application provided I
pull in the correct header files and link with MFC?

If not, why? For 200 points I expect more than a Yes/No
answer. :-)  (A nice URL or a chapter in any of the more
famous MFC books is also accepted.)

If yes, what other MFC classes works correctly in an
environment without CWinApp/message pump?
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Yes. This is how I do it:

1. Create a console application
2. Change run-time library to Multi-threaded DLL (in Project -> Settings)
3. Add the defines _AFXDLL and _MBCS (in Project -> Settings)
4. Copy the files StdAfx.cpp and stdafx.h to your project from a MFC project
5. Include stdafx.h in your source files and StdAfx.cpp in your project
6. Go ahead and use MFC (non-gui classes)

These are the classes I have used in this way:

CString, CObArray, CAsyncSocket, and some more.

I expect that all non-gui classes would work.

Good luck!

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Commented:
I'm sorry zingo, but you didn't actually answer the question. I'm
therefore reopening it to other experts.

I wasn't looking for confirmation that it _might_ work. I'm
already using MFC in console apps and regular DLLs (I'm sorry if
this wasn't clear). I'm looking for hard proof that it _will_
work, and possibly a list of exactly which classes can be used
without CWinApp/message pump. I'll rephrase the question to make
this clear.

You're more than welcome to re-answer it if you feel you can
provide me with the information I'm looking for.

Thanks anyway!

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Excuse the typo in my answer. The second sentence should start "Note that sockets..."
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