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How to call dll made from VS C++ in VB.NET?

Posted on 2008-10-25
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Hi Experts,
I have implemented a dll by using VS C++(2005) ClassLibrary Project as below:

namespace MyTestLib{

      public ref class MyTest
      {
            
            public:
            bool GetString(const char *in, char *out, const unsigned char *key);
        };
}


From VB.NET project I have add reference to my dll.
and I am using my class from dll as below:

Dim myClass As New MyTestLib.MyTest

Dim b As Boolean
Dim sIn As String
Dim sOut As String
Dim sKey As String

sIn = "Test String"
sKey ="Test Key"
b = false

b = myClass.GetString(sIn, sOut, sKey)

It show me error:

Form1.vb(205) : error BC30657: 'GetString' has a return type that is not supported or parameter types that are not supported.


Can you help me what this error and how to solve the problem?
I am not .NET programmer but I want call dll that I made from VS2005 in to vb.NET,
so how to correct my code above to let me can call in vb.NET project?

Please help me soon
Thank in advance.


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by:drichards
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Assuming by the "ref" in the class definition and teh fact that you can reference it directly in the VB.NET, this is a managed C++ project, or at least a mixed project.

If that is the case, then char* prevents you from using the function in VB.NET because char* is not a CLS-compliant type.  Change the parameters in your C++ function to System::String^ and, if necessary, convert to and from char* inside the function.
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by:Mobinex
ID: 22804231
Yah, Many thank for your help,
I have changed

bool GetString(const char *in, char *out, const unsigned char *key);
to:

bool GetString(System::String^ in, System::String^ out, System::String^ key)
The compile is OK, BUT I have problem with get out put string with code as below:

Dim b As Boolean
Dim sIn As String
Dim sOut As String
Dim sKey As String

sIn = "Test String"
sKey ="Test Key"
b = false
sOut  = ""

b = myClass.GetString(sIn, sOut, sKey)
After this call, sOut still is empty event if in the GetString
I have assigned out param string to the value is "7ac8102hgc7"

So, It seems i have problem about refer the variable ByRef in the function.

Can you help me how to use a ByRef variable for GetString function by using System.String^? or any way to solve my problem (Problem is I want to get string to out put string param is sOut)

Many thank again.
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by:Mobinex
ID: 22804263
Oh,
I have added % to System::String^ as System::String^% out  then I can get the string (ByRef)
BUT in my function if I use System::String^
I need to convert char* to String^ so I have question for the code below:

char* sText =NULL;
.......
//Convert char* to String^ by using gcnew

System::String^ sTemp = gcnew System::String(sText);
delete sText ;
sOut = sTemp ;

So, How i can free sTemp that created by gcnew function.
Do we need free sTemp? if we need then can you help me what function to Free sTemp in this case?

Tx
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by:drichards
ID: 22804853
You do not need to free System::String objects as the .NET garbage collection manages that.  In fact there isn't a way for you to free them.  When all references to an object go out of scope, the object is eventually cleaned up by garbage collection - one of the supposed advantages of a managed environment.
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You do need to keep the "delete sText;" to free the unmanaged string, however.
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