Re: type safe issue

"Igor Tandetnik" <>
Tue, 12 Feb 2008 11:42:39 -0500
George <> wrote:

I think you mean the solution I posted can solve type safe issue to
some extent, but not solving all issues, for example, this is the
issue you pointed,

Well, if you are hell-bent on breaking this solution, you can of
course write

IComPtr<IY, &IID_IZ> p;

and using CComPtr smart pointer can solve the issue mentioned above,

template <typename I, IID* iid = &__uuidof(I)>
class CComPtr {...};

Actually, I double-checked and discovered CComPtr doesn't take the
second parameter, but relies exclusively on __uuidof to obtain the IID.
You can still break it, by hand-crafting a __declspec(uuid) declaration
that associates an interface with a wrong IID.

CComQIPtr does take IID as an optional second parameter, and you can
break it like this:

CComQIPtr<IY, &IID_IZ> p;

The point is not to construct an absolutely fool-proof solution: it
doesn't exist, you can always hurt yourself *on purpose* if you really
want to (though it's unclear why you would want to). The point is only
to construct a solution that is difficult to misuse *accidentally*. Look
up the difference between "on purpose" and "accidentally" in your
favorite English dictionary.
With best wishes,
    Igor Tandetnik

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