Re: VC/MFC world status request

"David Ching" <>
Sun, 12 Aug 2007 10:50:50 -0700
"David Wilkinson" <> wrote in message

The C# FAQ lists 3 products used to "statically link" .NET, and there are
reports they do a great job. I'm happy they exist because it gives me a
backup in case deploying the .NET redistributable proves unworkable (as
has been some reports that it takes way too long to install on some

Hi David:

I didn't know about this. But presumably this does not get rid of the
requirement to dynamically link to MFC/CRT in a mixed MFC/.NET

I'm not sure any of the products statically link a mixed application like
that. FYI, the FAQ is at so you can find
out more.

I ask this because I have been playing around with CWinFormsView the last
few days. One thing you can so with it is embed the .NET DataGridView in
an MFC application, like a souped-up CListView. The lack of an MFC grid
class was one of MFC's its great weaknesses, I always thought (I tried the
MSFlexGrid a long time ago, but didn't like it, and ended up writing my
own grid control).

This use of the DataGridView is really pretty neat, but I cannot imagine
that I would actually deploy it. Replacing my slim static-linked
application with one that required distributing both the MFC/CRT DLL's and
the .NET framework just does not appeal to me.

Has anybody actually used CWinFormsView (or its friends CWinFormsControl
and CWinFormsDialog) in a real application?

For me, the drawbacks of dynamically linking MFC are negligible these days,
so if that is what is required to work with .NET, I'd happily do it. Once
you convert, you could make your app smart enough that if .NET is installed,
it uses the .NET grid, otherwise it uses your existing grid (or the feature
doesn't work at all). Then promote .NET and tell your users to download the
redist and install it. That takes the onus off you for installing .NET!

-- David

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