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This is something that's probably been covered time and time again.  I'm working with external DLLs that require pointers to byte array and also pointers to the equivalent of a DWORD.

I think I understand the pointer to a byte array, using the concept of ByRef and myArray(0) to pass to a DLL or return from a DLL, but what about a DWORD, how can I pass a pointer to my variable in VB and either pass my number to the DLL or get it to pass a response back into my variable?

If that makes any sense, I'll be very surprised.

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Simon
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If C++ function has DWORD parameter, use ByValue Integer in VB.
If C++ function has DWORD* parameter, use ByRef Integer in VB.
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Is there a definitive list for this kind of thing?  It's something I always spend ages and ages on...
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I usually find some API with parameters of required type and see how API viewer generated API declaration. For example, to see difference between DWORD and DWORD* you can compare GetComputerName and GetWindowText.
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...but how does that tell you about the actual function call in the DLLs?
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i.e. what they are expecting in...
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Compare GetComputerName and GetWindowText API declarations in MSDN and generate their VB declarations using API Viewer. When Dll function has DWORD* parameter, you pass ByRef Integer. Dll gets DWORD* and may change this variable.
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Many thanks
Simon
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