COM: Returning a string from a method

Hi,

I am writing an ActiveX control for use with Automation.
But now I am stuck (again).

All I simply want to do is to create a string (A BSTR I assume) and return it from my ActiveX method to the caller. How do I do that (the correct way)?

If I allocate memory for the string using SysAllocString() and then return that pointer is it then the responsibility of the caller to deallocate it, or must the callee do that somehow? I would guess that it was the responsibility of the caller since this is the case with AddRef/Release.

PS: I already know all about converting between BSTR/Unicode/ANSI - it is the allocation/deallocation that I am concerned about.

Jacob Marner, B.Sc.
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feloniusAsked:
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dhodgeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Releasing the memory is the task of the calling code.  Alternatively just use one of the BSTR wrapper classes in your calling code then it will automatically release the memory.
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migelCommented:
Hi!
you can write like this:

HRESULT CMyControl::GetSTring(BSTR* pbstr)
{
_bstr_t str("This is a test!");
*pbstr = str.copy();
 return S_OKAY;
}
Caller must free this string  - COM convention.
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