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I wrote a dll in VC++ 6.0, and using it in VB 6.0.  I get an error when trying to set a reference to it.  What do I need to do to make it work properly with VB?  Example would be helpful.
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Two things:  

1) In your VC++ DLL, you must specify all the exported function as:

extern "C" __declspec(dllexport)

and also __stdcall

So a typical function declaration would be:

extern "C" __declspec(dllexport) void __stdcall ExportedFunctionName(void);


2) In your VB program, you need this.

Private Declare Function ExportedFunctionName Lib "YourDll.dll" Alias "_ExportedFunctionName@0" ()

The "@0" at the end varies depending on the number and type of the arguments to the function.  If in doubt, check the DLL's ACTUAL names with DUMPBIN /EXPORTS
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I have already done this.  What I want to know is, can I set a reference to my dll under projects->references, so that someone can use the object browser to view its interface?  If so, how is it done?
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U annot do that unless its a type library or ActiveX for .dll U have to follow what jhance has told
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I was looking in MSDN library, and ran across this

"Code objects into a compiled .c or .cpp file so they can be accessed using IDispatch::GetTypeInfo or implementations of the ITypeInfo and ITypeLib interfaces."

Is there any good examples of doing either of these?

Thanks
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by:mahno
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But what does "DUMPBIN /EXPORTS" show?


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>"Code objects into a compiled .c
>or .cpp file so they can be accessed \
>using IDispatch::GetTypeInfo or
>implementations of the ITypeInfo and
>ITypeLib interfaces."


>Is there any good examples of doing
>either of these?


You're either mixing your technologies or not telling us the full story.  IDispatch is the way of calling functions on a COM Automation interface.  While this can be implemented in a DLL, a DLL is not necessarily a COM object.  Further, a COM object doesn't necessarily have a Automation interface.

What I've already told you is correct.  Go back and check your work!


>What I want to know is, can I set a
>reference to my dll under projects-
>references, so that someone can use
>the object browser to view its
>interface?  If so, how is it done?

Again, this doesn't apply to your situation unless you're talking about a COM or ActiveX component.  You said, and I quote: "I wrote a dll in VC++ 6.0".  You DIDN'T say, "I've written an ActiveX component".



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c095276,

Next time, keep your points!
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