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Send message from 16bit application to 32bit application and vice versa

Posted on 2006-06-25
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Hi,

I have an 16bit application coded with MSVC 1.52 and a more recent application 32bit application coded with VS C++ 6.

I need some help. I don't know how to send/receive message from the 16bit application to the 32bit application.

Thanks
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If you have the window handles, you can just use 'SendMessage()' or 'PostMessage()'. The problem is the data you want to transmit.
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>>>> If you have the window handles

You may query the window handles bei EnumWindows (or GetWindow).

>>>> The problem is the data you want to transmit

You can't pass pointers, e. g. char pointers, cause the pointers were not valid at the receiving side. So, the only data you may pass beside of the message id is a 16bit word (wparam) and a 32bit longword (lparam).

If you have data to transmit you have some choices:

- file interface (sure but slow)
- pipes
- sockets
- shared memory (fastest)
- global memory (pass the handle via windows message)

Regards, Alex





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Take a look at WM_COPYDATA - see http://www.codeproject.com/system/wm_copydata_32_-_16_bit.asp - apparently the API deals with converting the pointer for you.
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Remember that in the 32 bit apps, both the WORD and DWORD parameters are 32 bits.  In 16 bit apps, the WORD parameter is 16 bits but the DWORD parameter is 32 bits.
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