How to call a function present in a COM based DLL

Posted on 2003-02-25
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Last Modified: 2013-11-25
I want to use a COM component known as DigiSign. Following is an extract of the help file.

About DigiSign 2.0
DigiSign implements the most popular message digest and checksum algorithms: SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512, MD5, MD2, RIPEMD160, CRC32 and ADLER32.

DigiSign can be used with any COM compliant environment: Scripting languages (VBScript, JavaScript), Visual Basic (Versions 4 and up), VBA (Word, Excel, Access ...), VC++, BC++, Delphi, Power Builder.

The VB Example that is given is as follows:

'DigiSign 2.0 VBScript Sample
'Create Hash Object
Set H = CreateObject ("DigiSign.Hash")

'Calculate the MD5 Signature of a string
S = H.CalculateStringDigest("This is our test string", 4)

MY QUESTION is how do we do the same in C++/VC++

Please note:
1. GUID is not provided
2. No .h files are provided
3. The above code works properly in VB
Question by:reacharun
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mmurrell earned 200 total points
ID: 8031430
I would recommend importing the file that contains the object.  Running a generic compile after importing should generate a tlh (?? i might be wrong) file which contains most of the prototypes etc.  I used

#import "C:\Program Files\Donia Software\Digisign 2.0\Digisign.dll"

void main(void)


and a TLH file was generated in the debug directory when i compiled this. From that I was able to derive the class names, the members and the methods.  

#import "C:\Program Files\Donia Software\Digisign 2.0\Digisign.dll" no_namespace

void main(void)
     IHashPtr test;


Hope this helps.

Author Comment

ID: 8040258
Following is the dump of errors I got after doing what you specified

--------------------Configuration: testDigi - Win32 Debug--------------------
E:\workarea\msdev\testDigi\testDigi.cpp(7) : error C2065: 'IHashPtr' : undeclared identifier
E:\workarea\msdev\testDigi\testDigi.cpp(7) : error C2146: syntax error : missing ';' before identifier 'test'
E:\workarea\msdev\testDigi\testDigi.cpp(7) : error C2065: 'test' : undeclared identifier
E:\workarea\msdev\testDigi\testDigi.cpp(8) : error C2228: left of '.CreateInstance' must have class/struct/union type
E:\workarea\msdev\testDigi\testDigi.cpp(10) : error C2227: left of '->About' must point to class/struct/union
Error executing cl.exe.

testDigi.obj - 5 error(s), 0 warning(s)

Expert Comment

ID: 8042031
Is the precompiler #import directive pointing to the correct location of the digisign DLL? I used the default installation directory.  Also, check the TLH file and ensure that the IHash object exists. Hope this will help.
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