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Hi all

please help me to solve the problem

I am unable to create the controls to main form. I am creating these controls through the DLL procedure. Application is raising invalid memory address exception
here is the code

These are replication of my project

DLL Example:

uses
  sharemem,Windows, Messages, SysUtils, Classes, Graphics, Controls, Forms, Dialogs,
  StdCtrls,ImageHlp;


{$R *.RES}


//This is the main procedure i am creating in dll


procedure LoadPlugin(application: TApplication);

begin

   button:=TButton.Create(application.MainForm  );


   button.Caption:='Sudhakar';
   with button do
   begin

        Top:=10;
        Width:=100;
        Height:=100;
        Left:=10;
        parent:=application.mainForm;
        show;
   end;
end;
exports LoadPlugin;



Application Example
____________________

unit Unit1;

interface

uses
  Sharemem,Windows, Messages, SysUtils, Classes, Graphics, Controls, Forms, Dialogs,
  StdCtrls;

type
  TForm1 = class(TForm)
    Button1: TButton;
    procedure Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
  private
    { Private declarations }
  public
    { Public declarations }
  end;

var
  Form1: TForm1;

implementation

{$R *.DFM}

function LoadAndRunDLLProcedure( sDLL, sFunc : string ) : boolean;
type
  // define the type of "function"
  // we're calling

  TFunc_Start = procedure(app:TApplication);
var
  Func_Start : TFunc_Start;


  hDll       : THandle;
  FuncPtr    : TFarProc;
  sMsg       : string;
begin
  Result := False;
  hDll   := LoadLibrary(
              PChar( sDLL ) );
  //app:=pApp(application);
  if(hDll > 32)then
  begin
    FuncPtr :=
      GetProcAddress(
        hDll, PChar( sFunc ) );
    @Func_Start := FuncPtr;
    if(nil <> @Func_Start)then
    begin

      Func_Start(application);
      Result := True;
    end else
    begin
      sMsg := 'DLL entry point ' +
              sFunc + ' not found';
      MessageBox(
        0, PChar( sMsg ), 'Error',
        MB_OK );
    end;
    FreeLibrary( hDll );
  end else
  begin
    sMsg := 'File ' + sDLL +
            ' not found';
    MessageBox(
      0, PChar( sMsg ), 'Error',
      MB_OK );
  end;
end;

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
Var
searchResult : TSearchRec;
fileName:String;
begin
                 if FindFirst('*.dll', faAnyFile, searchResult) = 0 then
  begin
    repeat
     fileName:=searchResult.Name;
     LoadAndRunDLLProcedure(
  fileName,
        'LoadPlugin' );

    until FindNext(searchResult) <> 0;

    // Must free up resources used by these successful finds
    FindClose(searchResult);
  end;

end;


end.



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Question by:sudhakar_koundinya
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snehanshu earned 500 total points
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sudhakar,
  I am not a DLL expert, but here's a solution that works for me (Delphi 7):

1. It seems FreeLibrary( hDll ) is the major cause of your problems: you need to keep the DLL loaded after calling "LoadAndRunDLLProcedure".

function LoadAndRunDLLProcedure( sDLL, sFunc : string ) : boolean;
type
  // define the type of "function"
  // we're calling

  TFunc_Start = procedure(MyCont: TApplication);
var
  Func_Start : TFunc_Start;

  hDll       : THandle;
  FuncPtr    : TFarProc;
  sMsg       : string;

begin
  Result := False;
  hDll   := LoadLibrary(
              PChar( sDLL ) );
  if(hDll > 32)then
  begin

    FuncPtr :=
      GetProcAddress(
        hDll, PChar( sFunc ) );
    @Func_Start := FuncPtr;
    if(nil <> @Func_Start)then
    begin

      Func_Start(Application);
      Result := True;
    end else
    begin
      sMsg := 'DLL entry point ' +
              sFunc + ' not found';
      MessageBox(
        0, PChar( sMsg ), 'Error',
        MB_OK );
    end;
//    FreeLibrary( hDll );//Causes problems: free later
  end else
  begin
    sMsg := 'File ' + sDLL +
            ' not found';
    MessageBox(
      0, PChar( sMsg ), 'Error',
      MB_OK );
  end;
end;

2. In the DLL, "parent:=application.mainForm;" is the culprit. I don't know the whys of these, but you can get-around this problem by replacing parent by parentwindow.

procedure LoadPlugin(MyApp:TApplication);
Var
 Button: TButton;
begin

   button:=TButton.Create(MyApp.MainForm);
   Button.ParentWindow := MyApp.MainForm.Handle;

   button.Caption:='Sudhakar';
   button.Top:=10;
   button.Width:=100;
   button.Height:=100;
   button.Left:=10;

   button.show;

end;



Hope that helps,
...Shu
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by:sudhakar_koundinya
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Though it not helped me, Explaination is Good

Regards
Sudha
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