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How can I pass array via COM ?

Posted on 2011-09-16
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Hi experts!

I have a VB6 application which pass command to a ActiveX OCX written in C by me. I should pass array like this

Dim sLogoPics() As String

  sLogoPics(1) = "C:\Logo001.tif"
  sLogoPics(2) = "C:\Logo002.tif"
 
  CPlay1.AnimationStaticPic(0,sLogoPics)

The question is – can I transfer a such array via COM (ActiveX) ? Here you also the declaration in C

long CCPlayCtrl::AnimationStaticPic(long lCard, type? sPicFile)
{
 // here I should get values of array in LPCTSTR. There no any other type which I can use as later I’ll need to pass LPCTSTR type to DLL from other software vendor.
LPCTSTR  sPicFinal[999];
I should get
sPicFinal[1]= “"C:\Logo001.tif"
sPicFinal[2]= “"C:\Logo002.tif"

Also I need advice what type to put here in place of VTS_BSTR. It should be one of primary OLE types as VB6 do not accept all OLE types.
 
DISP_FUNCTION(CCPlayCtrl, "AnimationStaticPic", AnimationStaticPic, VT_I4, VTS_I4 VTS_BSTR



I prefer to use only C code, not C++, but in final case I’ll use C++
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You can use SAFE ARRAY structure as described here

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/207931/en-us

for string arrays take this link

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/118643/en-us
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