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Calling a dll from Installshield vc++ 6.0 Edition

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I am facing one problem in calling a dll from my installshield setup file VC++ Edition.
I found there is one funtion available in installshild, the funcion is CallDllFx(). You have to provide the dll name and the function that you want to use.

I have created one dll in vb 6.0.

My problem is that it is given in installshild that the function defination in the dll shuold be like :

LONG APIENTRY FunctionName(HWND hwnd,LPLONG lpLong,LPSTR lpszValue)

but i faild to create to create this type of function in vb. in vb i am not getting HWND or LPLONG data type.

so how i can call that dll from my setup file in installshild. is there any other way possible. and if not then how i can create this type of function in vb.
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Question by:chirawa
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Well, I'm not a VB expert but I think the proper declaration for this C/C++ function is:

Declare Function FunctionName (ByVal as Long, ByRef As Long, ByRef as String) As Long
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>> if not then how i can create this type of function in vb

That a secondary thing, first how are going to create this typpe of DLL in VB, VB doesnt allow regular Win32 Dlls, all the dlls in VB are COM dlls.

I dont think there is a way to create a regular dll in VB that exports some functions.

If you really need that then perhaps create a simple dll in VC.

Using that dll from installshield then would be much easier that way.

BTW , you dont have to use CallDllFx, this is a much restricted way to achieve that , a simple way is to create a simple dll and put it into the SUPPORTDIR , then you can reference that DLL by its name.

Then prototype the functions that you are going to use from the dll like

prototype cdecl INT YourDll.StartService(BYVAL STRING);
prototype cdecl BOOL YourDll.StopService(INT);

And dont forget to load the dll when required like

UseDLL(SUPPORTDIR ^ "YourDll.dll");

and that is all.

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