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Having problems passing an object as param to CreateThread (C++)

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I'm having problems passing an object as param to CreateThread in C++. Any help greatly appreciated!!!

This is my Thread function, defined outside the class:
static DWORD WINAPI myThreadFunction(LPVOID param);

This is the class definition:
      public ref class MyClass : public MyParentClass

This is my CreateThread Call from within the MyClass object:
CreateThread(NULL, 0, (LPTHREAD_START_ROUTINE)myThreadFunction, this, 0, NULL);

error C2664: 'CreateThread' : cannot convert parameter 4 from 'MyClass::MyClass ^const ' to 'LPVOID'
1> No user-defined-conversion operator available, or
1> Cannot convert a managed type to an unmanaged type
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by:pgnatyuk
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Make it so:
CreateThread(NULL, 0, (LPTHREAD_START_ROUTINE)myThreadFunction, (LPVOID)this, 0, NULL);
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>>public ref class MyClass : public MyParentClass
It's managed code. Check this CodeProject article:
Managed threads in Managed C++
http://www.codeproject.com/KB/threads/managedthreads.aspx

I hope it will give a bit different idea.
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by:pgnatyuk
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One more:
Threads with Windows Forms Controls in Managed C++
http://www.codeproject.com/KB/mcpp/managedsafethreads.aspx
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Here is exactly same question in MSDN:
http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vclanguage/thread/accd9e40-92d6-49ff-ad47-5a06acc91a14
with an accepted answer and explanation.
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by:php-newbie
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Thanks for the info, pgnatyuk!

Let's say I go the route of creating a managed thread class as shown in this example:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.threading.thread.aspx

How can I pass the 'this' pointer of MyClass (which creates the thread) to the Thread function?
Can I pass it in the definition and how would I do this?
Thread^ oThread = gcnew Thread( gcnew ThreadStart( &MyThread::myThreadFunction ) );

Thanks!

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Almost. ParameterizedThreadStart should be used. It takes parameter of type object.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.threading.parameterizedthreadstart.aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/1h2f2459.aspx
There is a simple example on this MSDN page.
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