Loading Dialog resources in an MFC exe project?

Hello,

I have a dll (say MFC extension dll) which contains dialog resources.
Then I have another MFC app. exe which wants to use the resource dialogs from dll.

What will be the complete steps (from a to z) that will successfully lead me to the solution? Moreover, which type of MFC dll (static, extension etc.) is appropriate for this kind od work?

Thanks in advance for help....

Moreover, let me make it explicit that I have classes against dialogs in the DLL. And I want to use the functions of those classes from the client to manipulate the dialogs...
Khawar091697Asked:
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mblatConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It doesn't matter what kind of DLL to use.  But if I read your question correctly your probably intrested in so called "resource-only" DLLs, that used to translate application to separate languages.

If that the case then generally accepted practice is to use straight Win32 DLL.

So what you need to do is following:

HINSTANCE hLanguageDll = LoadLibrary("ENGLISH.DLL");

Now switch resource handle

HINSTANCE hOldResource = AfxGetResourceHandle( );
AfxSetResourceHandle(hLanguageDll );

... load resource here

// switch back to old resource handle
AfxSetResourceHandle(hOldResource );

Of cause switching back to old resource handle is needed only if you have you resources in more than one DLL or in DLL and .exe.

Good place to load library would be in InitInstance()

If you have resource in extansiaon Dll and using it from withing extension dll then you can to do solething like this:

...somewhere in code ( this is created by wizard )
static AFX_EXTENSION_MODULE MyExtDLL = { NULL, NULL };

.......
void ThisIsFunctionInExtensionDLL()
{
HINSTANCE hOldResource = AfxGetResourceHandle( );
AfxSetResourceHandle(MyExtDLL.hModule);

... load resource here

// switch back to old resource handle
AfxSetResourceHandle(hOldResource );
}



Hope it helps...
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BeyondWuCommented:
1.m_hResourceDLL = AfxLoadLibrary(yourMFCextension.dll)
// if all the resource in this dll, you can call this;
2.AfxSetResourceHandle(m_hResourceDLL);
3.hYourDlg = CreateDialog(m_hResourceDLL,
                      MAKEINTRESOURCE(IDD_YOUR_DIALOGBOX),
                    AfxGetMainWnd()->m_hWnd,
                      (DLGPROC)YourDlgProc);
or
  hYourDlg = CreateDialog(AfxGetResourceHandle( ),
                      MAKEINTRESOURCE(IDD_YOUR_DIALOGBOX),
                    AfxGetMainWnd()->m_hWnd,
                      (DLGPROC)YourDlgProc);
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BeyondWuCommented:
>>Moreover, which type of MFC dll (static, extension etc.) is appropriate for this kind od work?
I think DLL(extension or normal) is a good choice.
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Khawar091697Author Commented:
But pls. also write how can i use that hYourDialog furthr to display that dialog. Let's suppose the exe client is a simple mfc doc/view app. and i want to show a dialog on File/New
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Khawar091697Author Commented:
Mr. BeyondWu!
what is the value of YourDialogProc... what is this??
Thanks
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mblatCommented:
IF you are extension DLL then you are supporting MFC.  Why not derive class for you dialog, then you can do


HINSTANCE hOldResource = AfxGetResourceHandle( );
AfxSetResourceHandle(MyExtDLL.hModule);

CMyDialog d;

d.DoModal();

// switch back to old resource handle
AfxSetResourceHandle(hOldResource );
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BeyondWuCommented:
YourDlgProc is your dialog box procedure;
Do you ever program for windows with SDK?!
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