Re: "is inaccessible due to its protection level" using a public method of a public class

"Ben Voigt [C++ MVP]" <rbv@nospam.nospam>
Thu, 10 Apr 2008 14:48:46 -0500
Chip Gore wrote:

On Apr 10, 12:28 pm, "Peter Duniho" <>

On Thu, 10 Apr 2008 10:06:40 -0700, Chip Gore
<> wrote:

And I'm getting compile errors for the C# project saying

'LightBinding.LBind.UseConnect()' is inaccessible due to its
protection level

I'm not sure what I need to do to my C++ and/or my C# to make this
method accessible. There are other public methods in the LBind class
(SaveItem(),DoConnect(), etc.) that seem to have the visibility and
the compiler doesn't complain about them.

I don't see anything obvious in what you posted. Which means that
you didn't post the code that's relevant to your question.

You wrote "the LBind interfaces as seen 'from metadata' are", which
seems to imply that you didn't actually post the actual code. If
there's a protection level problem, then only by seeing the actual
code can anyone suggest what might be wrong. Posting some "meta"
description of the actual code introduces the possibility of an
error in describing the code.

We need to know what the code actually is, not what you or some
programming tool thinks it is.


The "Programming Tool" is Visual Studio 2005, when I ask "show
definition for the call.

The code is simple enough

// LightBinding.h
#pragma once
using namespace System;
#include <lc_database.h>
#include <lc_connection.h>
#include <CLBAPI.h>
namespace LightBinding {
 public ref class LBind
     Bosco::LC_Database *LCdbConnection;

This looks like it should not be public, especially since you provide an
accessor method.

     LBind() {}
     ~LBind() {}
     bool SaveItem(Bosco::LC_Database *db,const char *key,char
*value,bool verbose)
       return SaveCacheItem(db,key,value,verbose);
     void DoConnect(Bosco::d_string conn,Bosco::d_string
user,Bosco::d_string password,int timeout)
       Bosco::Db_err err;
       Bosco::d_string* extname;
       LCdbConnection =
     Bosco::LC_Database * UseConnect()

What is the declaration for LC_Database? I don't think it will be useable
from .NET because the * indicates a native type (you can't have normal
pointers to managed types, only interior_ptr or a tracking handle).

       return LCdbConnection;

And the metadata reflects this as an interface.

All of the function calls used, and data types referred to, are
encompassed in the include files, and they all work fine, as does this
C++ class when used in it's own project, the problem is in the C#
trying to use the C++ stuff.

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