LB_SETITEMDATA & LB_GETITEMDATA

In windows programming, there are ListBox (or ComboBox) control messages that are 'LB_SETITEMDATA' & 'LB_GETITEMDATA'.
These messages should be very useful while adding and retrieving the strings in ListBox control window. But I only found using 'SendMessage' to add and get strings from the ListBox control window in the books. I am not very clear the usages of these messages.

Could someone show me an example of how to use the ListBox control window messages 'LB_SETITEMDATA' & 'LB_GETITEMDATA' in windows programming?

Thanks.


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AlexFMCommented:
Suppose you have listbox hList. The following code fragment associates string "String n" for each line in the lisbox:

int n = SendMessage(hList, LB_GETCOUNT, 0, 0);

for ( int i = 0; i < n; i++ )
{
    char* s = new char[10];
    sprintf(s, "String %d", i);
    SendMessage(hList, LB_SETITEMDATA, i, (LPARAM)s);
}

Now each item in listbox has value associated with it. This value is pointer to memory allocated on heap. The following code fragment reads these values:

int n = SendMessage(hList, LB_GETCOUNT, 0, 0);

for ( int i = 0; i < n; i++ )
{
    char* s = (char*)SendMessage(hList,  LB_GETITEMDATA, i, 0);
    // do something with s
}

Before list item is destroyed, strings should be released:

int n = SendMessage(hList, LB_GETCOUNT, 0, 0);

for ( int i = 0; i < n; i++ )
{
    char* s = (char*)SendMessage(hList, LB_GETITEMDATA, i, 0);
    delete[] s;
}

Item data may be some number or pointer. Programmer responsibility is to set, retreive and correctly release (if necessary) this data. Control just keeps this data as 32-bit value for each item. You may decide to keep any data by this way. For example, this may be some structure which is shown in dialog when user double-clicks list item.
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