How to call VB activex DLL in MFC

Posted on 2002-04-28
Last Modified: 2013-11-20
Hi all
  i am Vb programmer and i wanted to know how to call vb dll in vc++ as my collegue is working as vc++ programmeer and he wants to integrate my dll with his program in his project .

can any body give me a good example for that


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sudhakar_koundinya earned 275 total points
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i got this information from one site and the author for this is Milind S Deobhankar

May this article helps you

How to call VB dll from VC++
In this article I'll present a way of calling a VB ActiveX DLL from a MFC client application. There are other ways to do so but I find this by far the easiest. Any information presented here is only for learning purposes.
I shall briefly point out the steps you need to follow-
·     Create an ActiveX server component with VB. This is the ActiveX DLL you need to create with VB.
·     Create an dialog based MFC application using the MFC Appwizard.
·     Import the server's (DLL) type library into the MFC client app.
·     Initialize the COM library
·     Retrieve the CLSID of the server component.
·     Create an instance of the COM server component.
·     Use the COM object
·     Uninitialize the COM library
First create a new ActiveX DLL project using VB 6.0. Name the project prjdll and the class clsdll. Add a new function fnCallDll to the class. My function just displays a messagebox and looks like
Public Function fnCallDll()
     MsgBox "VB ActiveX DLL"
End Function
Save and compile this project to create prjdll.dll. This is our server component.
Now we are going to develop the client. Create a new dialog based application in VC++ using MFC Appwizard and save the project.
We are going to import the server component's type library using the #import statement. Copy the prjdll.dll file to the directory where you have saved your MFC Appwizard project. Click the FileView tab of the Project Workspace window, expand the Header Files folder, open the file stdafx.h and add the following code (appears greyed)
# import "prjdll.dll"
using namespace prjdll;
You must add the above code after
// Microsoft Visual C++ will insert additional declarations immediately  
and before
in the stdafx.h file.Importing the prjdll.dll file helps the compiler to link to the dll's type library at runtime. The #import tells the compiler to generate the wrapper class, which will encapsulate the functionalities of the server component. If the server component is created using VB we need the import the associated .dll file and if the component is created using VC++, we need to import the .tlb file.The name of the wrapper class will be same as the server component name, by default.
Compile the stdafx.cpp file. The compiler generates a .tlh and a .tli file in your projects Debug or Release directory (depending on your configuration). These are the type library header and implementation files. Open the .tlh file by double-clicking it and find out word immediately after the word namespace. This is usually the name of the project that we earlier created using VB.Look at the code we inserted earlier to the stdafx.h file.The using namespace is required so that we can access the server's methods.
Place a codebutton control (IDC_BUTTON1) on the dialog. Double-click the control to add a command handler OnButton1() for the button. Now add the following code in the handler-
HRESULT hresult;
CLSID clsid;

CoInitialize(NULL);     //initialize COM library
hresult=CLSIDFromProgID(OLESTR("prjdll.clsdll"), &clsid);    //retrieve CLSID of component
_clsdll *t;
hresult=CoCreateInstance(clsid,NULL,CLSCTX_INPROC_SERVER,__uuidof(_clsdll),(LPVOID *) &t);
     AfxMessageBox("Creation Failed");

t->fnCallDll ();  //call method
t->Release();   //call method
CoUninitialize();  //Unintialize the COM library        
The name of the CoClass is _clsdll. The CoCreateInstance function returns the address of the interface pointer requested. Now the pointer t can happily be used to access the functionality of the server component.
That's it. On clicking the button a Messagebox should pop up.


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as there are no comments or answers from others and i am accepting his answer as his idea is working fine.


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