Re: extern "C" and wrapping
On Jul 5, 1:01 pm, "b...@blah.com" <GrahamJWa...@gmail.com> wrote:
we're faced with a horrible scenario whereby we are not able to access
exported classes in a DLL due to cross compiler issues.
Traditional approaches such as using extern "C" and LoadLibrary
(nothing to do with C++ I know but I'll get to my question... :).
Anyways, we need to access our exported objects and the only safe
route I know to get to the destination dll/lib from our client (not in
same environment) is by using extern "C" for various functions.
However doing this I lose all my object orientation. Is there any
pattern/approach out there available that will allow me to use extern
"C" such that its implementation gives me access to the C++ objects
implemented in the target DLL/LIB. I think this must be an age old
problem I'm just stumped by it and I honestly think somebody has a
clever pattern/approach to this that will allow me to bypass the
problem at hand.
I obviously can't replace all my objects method calls into extern "C"
functions and in paralell this must scale. I.E as new functions/
classes are added , I need to be able to access them without too much
pain, extra work.
Does anybody know of such a solution? Or is this unsolveable...i.e.
I'm asking too much.
The way I usually handle plugins and such is to declare a
single, extern "C" function which returns a pointer to the
abstract base of a factory class; I then call member functions
on the factory class to get the objects I want (or do anything
else in the plugin, for that matter).
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