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Posted on 1999-07-07
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if an application is mdi, who is the parent of the view window(either mdichild or mdimainframe). GetParentFrame inside view will give pointer to child or mainframe
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naveenkohli earned 20 total points
ID: 1309211
GetParentFrame will give you the child frame of view. To get to main frame of app, call AfxGetMainWnd and then cast it to CFrameWnd.

CWnd *pWnd = AfxGetMainWnd ();
CFrameWnd *pFrame = static_cast<CFrameWnd *>(pWnd);

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ID: 1309212
what does the keyword static_cast mean here...

can you please tell what is static_cast
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ID: 1309213
This is one of the casting operators. Its recommended to use the casting operators. static_cast is not very safe cause it does not do any run time checking for the casting. e.g. in this case we know that pWnd is CFrameWnd type object, so i safely u sed static_cast. The safe one is dynamic_cast. It does the runtime checking to check if the pointer is being casted to right type.
Lets say that i have an pointer to CTreeCtrl and if i try to cast it as CEdit then i am totally screwing up the memory of that object. And if i try to use that pointer , it will Assert...

so the right way is that first i make sure that the pointer is of type to which i am casting ..


if (pWnd->IsKindOf (RUNTIME_CLASS (CEdit)) {
CEdit *pEdit = dynamic_cast<CEdit *>(pWnd);

For more information .. have look at the online documentation for these casting operators. Its way of making sure that we are not doing any illegal pointer castings.

Hope this info helps!

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