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Posted on 2006-11-12
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Hello all,

Why is that when an interface is published and registered in the regsitry, that on subsequent releases that interface cannot be modified in any way? E.g if i were to add a new virtual method at the end of the current methods listed in the intterface?

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by:DeepuAbrahamK
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Hi,

Well you could very well add a new function in the interface.Only trouble is you need to re- compile the clients which are using that interface.

While designing the interface we should make sure that your interface should be furture proof.

If you understand the COM frame work, you will be able to connect it well.

Hope you got it !

Best Regards,
DeepuAbrahamK
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by:lcoolsingh
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I understand the COM framework, but say if you've added one method in your interface like this:

interface
{

  void print(int var);
};

You register this interface, and clients are using it. Six months down the line, you want to do this:

interface
{

  void print(const int var); //ADDED const
};

Why cant we do this? The interface is already registered on the client machine, so their is no need for registration.
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DeepuAbrahamK earned 50 total points
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When you change your interface means you are changing your functions(adding/deleting/modifying) or even function signature.Your client only knows *void print(int var)* and not *void print(const int var)*.The call inside the client menthod may not know the new method *void print(const int var)*.So it will fail.Unless you break and repair the client to use *print(const int var)*.

Hope I get across!

Best Regards,
DeepuAbrahamK
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