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"CreateObject" in C# compact framework

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Hi there!

I need to "CreateObject" in C# (for a PocketPC, compac framework) how do I do that?

Here is how its done in eVB

Public myobj As Object

Set myobj= CreateObject("myDLL")
myobj.myfunction


Thanks!

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by:tomvergote
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you  can't

you should add a reference to your dll from your project, then visual studio will generate a .NET wrapper (interop assembly).
Then you can just instantiate your objects like
MyDLL.object objMyObj = new MyDLL.objecf();
objMyObj.myfunction();
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if youre not using visual studio there is also a tlbimp.exe in the SDK which will generate the wrapper for you.

an interop assembly does however require the original vb6 or whatever dll to be registered on the system
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God_Ares earned 1000 total points
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well you ware using evb, right??

You can not use that call,.. why? Cause evb supports COM objects, which cf does not. If you want to use your unmanaged dll you have to p/invoke. What dll are you trying to use< or what function?

regards

Floris Briolas

ps:
EE is a great place but for cf.net I STRONGLY reccomend www.opennetcf.org and the microsoft cf.net framework newsgroup.

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by:tomvergote
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c# does support COM objects, it goes through interop but it works perfectly.

p/invoke is only really used if you want to use win32 api calls like in win32.dll or something (which you wouldn't want a runtime callable wrapper for)
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by:God_Ares
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tomvergote ,.. COMPACT framework ??? You are shure??
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by:tomvergote
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euh no, indeed God_Ares is right and worthy of his nickname :)
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by:tomvergote
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I'll post a link but ares deserves the points:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/netframework/programming/interop/default.aspx

scroll a bit down for compact framework
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by:God_Ares
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a ppt i sqw at a mobility developer day
there is no com support in cf 1.0 till 1.1
http://www.technologia.net.pl/seminaria/prezentacje/mobility_20030605/ADVANCED.PPT#521,14,Architecture


but Yes Com support is comming in cf ver 2 not sp2.  
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by:God_Ares
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btw cf ver 2.0 (or vs.net 2005 is comming summer 2005 juli or june)
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by:tomvergote
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I suppose your problem should be solved by now? could you provide some feedback?
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by:timmonks
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Here is the VB code that does what you want
#If Not WindowsCE Then
                var = CreateObject(progid)
#Else
                Dim t As System.Type = System.Type.GetTypeFromProgID(progid)
                var = Activator.CreateInstance(t)
#End If

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