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Suppose there is an MFC dll which creates some CWnd.

Some Functions are exported in MFC dll.

I need to display this CWnd on C# Form as otherchild controls of Form.

How Should I do to implement it?

Thanks in advance.
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by:mahesh1402
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// Sample program to call unmanaged code

using System;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

class PInvoke1App
{
    [DllImport("user32.dll")]
    static extern int MessageBoxA(int hWnd, string strMsg,string strCaption,int iType);

    public static void Main()
    {
        MessageBoxA(0,   "Hello, World!", "This is called from a C# app!",  0);
    }
}

above calls MessageBoxA function from user32.dll



following may be of your use refer:
'Call Unmanaged DLLs from C#, ' :http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/02/08/CQA/
'Using Unmanage Code in C# ' http://www.codeguru.com/Csharp/Csharp/cs_syntax/unmanagedcode/article.php/c5887/

-MAHESH
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by:jitendra_wadhwani
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Hi mahesh...

Thanks for the quick response

I have implemented this method....

I have more than 500 dlls in my project and I dont want to import each and every dll althought all the dlls have same exported functions for creating and destroying.

Suppose I have created One CWnd and I want to set its parent as C# form.

I need to pass the parent to MFC dll and want to use in MFC dll....

I am anyhow able to pass the handle of C# form as long but getting CWnd* from that long created some problem in MFC.


I need one function in which I will pass DLL Name and parameters. Want to load that particular DLL and also there should be any unloading process.

Dll name will be decided on runtime.

Hope you understood my requirement.




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by:jitendra_wadhwani
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Will see the specified urls also...
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by:mahesh1402
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>>Dll name will be decided on runtime.

you can also create a DLL which can forward function calls to any location and load any DLL further into your address space... using LoadLibrary() function..

Have a look following codeproject article :
Late binding on native DLLs with C#
http://www.codeproject.com/csharp/dyninvok.asp

-MAHESH
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by:mahesh1402
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rather look into this for quick solution :

Dynamic Invoke from Unmanaged DLL
http://www.codeproject.com/csharp/dynamicinvokedll.asp <== this may be of your use

-MAHESH
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by:jitendra_wadhwani
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>>http://www.codeproject.com/csharp/dyninvok.asp
Already seen.......

>>http://www.codeproject.com/csharp/dynamicinvokedll.asp 
Tried similar to this one not exactly same......

Will try and confirm....
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You may take consider using LoadLibrary() and GetProcAddress()

Also You can create dynamic PInvoke methods with Reflection Emit. See
http://www.msjogren.net/dotnet/eng/samples/dotnet_dynpinvoke.asp 

-MAHESH
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by:jitendra_wadhwani
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http://www.msjogren.net/dotnet/eng/samples/dotnet_dynpinvoke.asp 

404

The requested document was not found on this server.


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Web Server at msjogren.net
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check this link if u able to download this
http://www.msjogren.net/dotnet/download.asp?dynpinvoke.zip
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by:jitendra_wadhwani
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yes downloaded....
wil check it..
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by:mahesh1402
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again click on link it will open its opening at my end
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by:jitendra_wadhwani
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Not opening....

Downloaded the zip.....


I treid to open
http://www.msjogren.net/dotnet/

Showing

The site is temporarily down, sorry. Please check back in a couple of weeks.


Anyway....trying to understad the code given in zip file and will implement...
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by:jitendra_wadhwani
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Hi Mahesh,
Thanks for the help.....

Although The provided Help has not solved my issue but I have achieved the Displaying part now other part is remainning....

My 500 Dlls were developed in 3000 man days.....

Your provide help has enriched my knowledge. You are the only person who responded for this question...Giving Grade A

Thanks

Jitendra
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