Re: possible typo in multithreading website

James Kanze <>
Tue, 14 Apr 2009 01:40:59 -0700 (PDT)
On Apr 13, 10:27 pm, Paavo Helde <> wrote:

Pete Becker <> kirjutas:

On 2009-04-13 07:14:47 -0400, James Kanze <> said:

For Windows, it should be:

    DWORD WINAPI workerThread( __in LPVOID ) ;

(I'm not sure what all those macros mean: DWORD sounds like
a long long, WINAPI is probably some implementation
extension controling the linkage---the equivalent of
`extern "C"' in standard C++, and LPVOID a long pointer to
void, except that I didn't think that Windows supported
long (48 bit) pointers.)

Windows does, however, support long (32-bit) pointers.
LPVOID is a carryover from the olden days of 16-bit Windows,
when SPVOID (I think that's the name...) was a 16-bit
pointer. This kind of muddle is what happens when type names
encode implementation details and don't get properly

Likewise, DWORD is a leftover from 16-bit processor days,
where WORD (machine natural processing unit) was 16-bit, and
double word (DWORD) hence 32-bit. Never mind that the
processor word has meanwhile grown to 64-bit in common Windows

Except that I know DWORD from back when the largest Intel
processor was 8 bits, and Microsoft only make language tools
(Basic, Fortran, etc.). It's standard IBM terminology (and thus
widespread): BYTE: 8 bits, HWORD (or half word): 16 bits, WORD:
32 bits, and DWORD: 64 bits. (But in this case, I think it's
Intel which first broke with tradition, and not Microsoft. The
8080 assembler only had bytes and words.)

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