dbdata float problem

I'm attempting to assign a column to the FloatVar below via dbdata, but I keep getting an unspecified run-time error.  The dbdata assignment to CharVar works fine.  What could be causing this?

#define DBNTWIN32
#include "windows.h"
#include <sqlfront.h>
#include <sqldb.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <ctype.h>
#include <time.h>

PDBPROCESS dbproc;
PLOGINREC login;
RETCODE result_code;
DBFLT8 FloatVar;

char sql_stmt[256];
char CharVar[51];

void main() {
  void sqlconn();

  sqlconn();

  sprintf(sql_stmt,"SELECT FloatVar,CharVar FROM TestTable");
  dbcmd(dbproc,sql_stmt);
  dbsqlexec(dbproc);
  dbresults(dbproc);

  while (dbnextrow(dbproc) != NO_MORE_ROWS) {
    FloatVar = *((DBFLT8 *)dbdata(dbproc,1));
    strncpy(CharVar,(char *)dbdata(dbproc,2),(int)dbdatlen(dbproc,2));

    fprintf(stdout,"FloatVar: %s\tCharVar: %s\n",FloatVar,CharVar);
  }
}
arichexeAsked:
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rstaveleyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Here's the C-cast way to do it:

  dbbind (dbproc,1,NTBSTRINGBIND,(DBINT) 0,(unsigned char *) testvar);

But it's more in the spirit of C++ to write

  dbbind (dbproc,1,NTBSTRINGBIND,(DBINT) 0,reinterpret_cast<unsigned char*>(testvar));

Either will work, but C-casting is less specific than C++'s casting.
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rstaveleyCommented:
Would you expect DBFLT8 to be printable with format specifier %s ??
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arichexeAuthor Commented:
I still get the run-time crash.
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arichexeAuthor Commented:
I think the problem has to do with nulls, because when I change my select to isnull FloatVar to 0, it works.  How would I change dbdata to accommodate nulls in FloatVar?
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arichexeAuthor Commented:
I can't get dbbind to work, because of a linkage problem.
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rstaveleyCommented:
It is a C library I gather (must confess I've not used it). Is it possible that you are calling it from a C++ module and the header hasn't done extern "C"... and thus it has expected a C++ name-manged function...? Just a guess. Can you show me the linker error?
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rstaveleyCommented:
VC7 and 7.1 doesn't have support for DB-Library (probably because they are tying to get you to use ADO, OLE DB, or ODBC to access SQL Server nowadays), but I notice that the headers in VC 6 do...

#ifdef __cplusplus
      extern "C" {
#endif

If you are using VC6 my guess isn't going to be right... but do let me know what the linker error is.
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arichexeAuthor Commented:
I'm using VC6.  Here's the link error on dbbind:

Performing Custom Build Step on .\test.sc
ESQL test.sc:
Compiling...
test.cpp
c:\test\test.cpp(25) : error C2664: 'dbbind' : cannot convert parameter 5 from 'char *' to 'unsigned char *'
        Types pointed to are unrelated; conversion requires reinterpret_cast, C-style cast or function-style cast
Error executing cl.exe.
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rstaveleyCommented:
That's a compiler error not a link error. Do the reinterpret_cast<unsigned char*> and you'll be in business.
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arichexeAuthor Commented:
How would I code the "reinterpret_cast<unsigned char*>" in the below module?

PDBPROCESS dbproc;
PLOGINREC login;
RETCODE result_code;

char sql_stmt[256];
char testvar[51];

void main() {
  void sqlconn();

  sqlconn();

  sprintf(sql_stmt,"SELECT testvar FROM testtable");
  dbcmd(dbproc,sql_stmt);
  dbsqlexec(dbproc);

  while ((result_code = dbresults(dbproc)) != NO_MORE_RESULTS) {
    if (result_code == SUCCEED) {
       dbbind (dbproc,1,NTBSTRINGBIND,(DBINT) 0,(char *) testvar);

       while (dbnextrow(dbproc) != NO_MORE_ROWS) {
         fprintf(stdout,"testvar: %s\n",testvar);
       }
     }
  }
}
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