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IS there an easy way to build an DLL file??  Where can I find the infomation to build a DLL file?  I am using msvc++ 6.0.
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   /* DLL Sample: TESTDLL.CPP
   /* Compile options needed: /D"_X86" /MT TESTDLL.CPP /link
   /*                  /DLL /OUT:testdll.dll /implib:testdll.lib
   */

   #include <stdio.h>

   class DLLClass
       {
       public:
        // exported member function
        __declspec( dllexport ) void functionA( void ) {
            printf("\nIn Function A of the exported function");
        }
       };

   // exported class
   class __declspec( dllexport) ExportDLLClass
       {
       public:
        void functionB(void) {
           printf("\nIn Function B of the exported class");
        }
       };

   // exported instance of the DLLClass
   __declspec(dllexport) DLLClass test;


   /* Source that calls the DLL Sample: CALLDLL.CPP
   /* Compile options needed: /D"_X86" /D"_CONSOLE" /ML CALLDLL.CPP
   /*                  TESTDLL.LIB
   */

   #include <stdio.h>

   class DLLClass
       {
       public:
        // imported member function
        __declspec( dllimport ) void functionA( void );
       };

   class __declspec( dllimport) ExportDLLClass
       {
       public:
        void functionB(void);
       };

   __declspec( dllimport ) DLLClass test;

   void main(void)
   {
      ExportDLLClass TestClass;

      test.functionA();
      TestClass.functionB();
   }




Good luck!!
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by:DanRollins
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>>IS there an easy way to build an DLL file??

I think you want to create a DLL file.   The easiest way to do that is to use the VC++ AppWizard.  Just choose File/New, Projects then select either
   MFC AppWizard (DLL)
or
   Win32 Dynamic Link Library.

Depending upon options that you select in teh Wizard, it will create a skeleton of a DLL... all you need to do is add some code and (optionally) some resources.

-- Dan
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by:jimbucci
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Exactly - VC6 will do the work for you
Jim
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by:jhance
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Of course, everybody knows that "Real Programmers" never use Wizards!!  ;-)
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by:venkaiah
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i am giving a skelton program try it out.
Take a project option as win32 dynamic link library
name of the project is DLLTEST
in that add sum.h and sum.cpp
write the following code in sum.h
extern "C" __declspec(dllexport)
int sum(int x,int y);
write the following code in sum.cpp
#include "sum.h"
int sum(int x,int y)
{
return x+y;
}
build it.now it generates DLLTEST.lib and DLLTEST.dll

for testing the above dll write one console application i meant client for this
take new IDE.select project option win32 console application
add client.cpp
write the following code in client.cpp

#include <iostream.h>

extern "C" __declspec(dllimport)
int sum(int x,int y);

void main()
{
cout<<sum(3,5);
}

copy the dll in to your client debug directory.and specify the lib name in project->settings->link tab->object/library modules section
and set the path for lib in tools->options->directories->library files

i think this will helps u.
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by:jimbucci
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Yeah, you could always do it in assembler.
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by:DanRollins
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Probably better to just use hexadecimal opcodes directly.  Assembly language is for wimps.
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by:jimbucci
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opcodes - my 19 month old can do opcodes.  Get some punchcards and do it in binary...  If you're a REAL programmer.  
But if you want to save time - the wizards do all the work.
Thank you and good night.
JB
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Binary?  Back when I started we didn't have ones and zeros.  We had to work with only zeros AND WE LIKED IT.
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