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Question abou Visual Basic DLL

Posted on 1999-06-29
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Last Modified: 2013-11-25
1. I have DLL function that was created for Visual Basic.
2. I know how can i to use this function in Visual Basic,
   simply by following declaration:
   Private Declare Function myName Lib "libname" () As type
3. How can i to define this DLL function in Microsoft
   Visual C++ 5.0???
   I don't have sources of the DLL.
4. Thank you very much in advance.
Question by:alexgor
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Expert Comment

ID: 1520766
If the dll was created specifically for VB, odds are that you cannot use it in C++.  VB uses string pointers in an odd way that C++ doesn't support.


Expert Comment

ID: 1520767
If your DLL is an ActiveX DLL you do not need to declare it, you just set a reference to it.

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Mirkwood earned 100 total points
ID: 1520768
It is a general misunderstanding that VB dll can export function.
Public functions in a dll are not exported.
VB cannot export functions like C that can. I repeat CANNOT do that.
The only DLL's that VB can make are ActiveX dll's.

What you can do is put your functions that your want to export in a class which is "globalmultiuse" Now application that use this DLL can make a reference to this DLL like any ActiveX dll. They can now use the functions.

BTW: Using a class to reference your functions has the advantage that the location of the DLL is not important anymore. If your are referencing exported functions, that you need the location of the DLL or the DLL should be in your path.

1) Create two projects:
       a) Tstclient (Standard Exe)
       b) TstServer (ActiveX dll)

2) Add a class TstClass to TstServer

3) Change property of class to "GlobalMultiUse"

4) Add functions to TstClass

5) Add TstServer as reference to TstClient

6) Now you can use TstMyFunction1 and TstMyFunction anywhere in TstClient.
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Author Comment

ID: 1520769
To Mirkwood.
After i create active x how can define my function in the
Thank you very much.
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Expert Comment

ID: 1520770
You cannot easily
You have to connect to it using a COM mechanism for example ATL...

Choose project/add to project/ component and controls and select the TstClass as mentioned in my example


Expert Comment

ID: 1520771
If, as you state in your original question, you use your dll in VB by declaring the function(s), then it is not an ActiveX dll.

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