Re: recreate a window

"David Ching" <>
Tue, 11 Nov 2008 19:32:55 -0800
I've nothing to add to this discussion, but do either of you believe in
snipping unused parts of the thread? What a mess! ;)

-- David

"Joseph M. Newcomer" <> wrote in message

See below...
On Tue, 11 Nov 2008 09:16:35 -0800 (PST), ".rhavin grobert"
<> wrote:

On 11 Nov., 17:42, Joseph M. Newcomer <> wrote:

See below...

On Tue, 11 Nov 2008 05:51:17 -0800 (PST), ".rhavin grobert"
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On 10 Nov., 20:43, Joseph M. Newcomer <> wrote:

See below...
On Mon, 10 Nov 2008 10:26:29 -0800 (PST), ".rhavin grobert"
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On 10 Nov., 18:59, Joseph M. Newcomer <> wrote:

See below...

On Mon, 10 Nov 2008 08:09:56 -0800 (PST), ".rhavin grobert"
<> wrote:

a CComboBox and CQControl derived control shall recreate itself,
the styles given in resource not match the style required for toe
control (here: CBS_OWNERDRAWFIXED must be set). As CComboBox is
to correctly modify this style with ModifyStyle(), the recreation
called and works.

The error is that you did not do this at design time. Essentially,
I treat the failure to
have the wrong styles as an error. Not sure why you are bothering
to work around a bug
that shouldn't exist. If this happens, you ASSERT and then fix the
dialog at design time,
and omit ALL the code below.
CComboBox is not *supposed* to be able to modify this style after
the control is created,
so it is not "unable to correctly modify this style" because it
was never defined that
this is even possible.

thats why i recreate it.

My point is, a program which has one of these which is NOT defined as
is an erroneous program, so you fix it in the dialog template once,
and never again worry
about it.

if there's no way to let my code correct the error, i'd assert. but i
thought to use this flags myself, e.g. recreate a control with the
appropriate windowsflags needed for the control, and use the user-
defined flags for my own implementation (in this case, calling a user-
defined drawing routine instead of my own default drawing routine.)

You should not go to extensive effort to correct a defect that can be
corrected at design

// recreate the underlying hwnd to match required styles
bool CQControl::QRecreateWindow(DWORD dwStyle, DWORD dwStyleEx)
CWnd* pWnd = CWnd::FromHandlePermanent(m_hwnd);

This is unnecessary; 'this' is already the CWnd *. So there is no
need for the above

no it is not. 'this' is a CQControl that has no CWnd as baseclass!
example, the
CQComboBox is a public CComboBox, public CQControl.

That's a different question than the one you asked. You did not
specify that you are
using multiple inheritance.

i did'nt say i'm not using it;-) But you're right, assuming direct(?)
inheritance is the default.

On the whole, MFC is not multiple-inheritance friendly. You can get into
all kinds of
problems using multiple-inheritance in MFC, which is why most of us
avoid it.

ATL and COM use it, but they use it *very carefully*. And they don't use
it for ordinary
controls, but special ATL and COM objects

But in that case, FromHandle is sufficient.

i just wanted to be shure.

****> ASSERT(pWnd != NULL);

ASSERT(pWnd == CWnd::FromHandle(m_hwnd));
if (pWnd == NULL)
return false;

The above statements are meaningless. You already have 'this' or
you wouldn't be here. It
doesn't matter about what map it is in; you shouldn't care,

see above.

You have to provide *all* relevant information in order to get a
correct answer

Note that I use this technique rather often to create a control in
a space formerly
occupied by a CStatic, so I'm changing the entire control type.
This code is FAR too
complicated for such a simple task.

a static in Dialog-Editor would not look like a combobox.

CRect rc;
HWND hParent = GetParent(m_hwnd); // [1]

CWnd * parent = GetParent();

wrong. see above.

If you use multiple inheritance, a previously unstated case, then
yes. But you can't ask
a question without giving all relevant information and expect to get
a relevant answer

// get position and size of current window
GetWindowRect(m_hwnd, &rc); // [2]

I'm surprised this even compiles. There is no need to use the raw
HWND. You could just
have written
and get everything you need.

see above;-)

// following fn's need width and size, we recycle rc
rc.right = rc.Width(); // [3]
rc.bottom = rc.Height(); // [4]

This code is incorrect. You must not set the right and bottom in
this fashion, because
you are working with the window rect, and the width and height are
independent of the
coordinate system. Lose the two assignments above.

// translate into parents coordinates
ScreenToClient(hParent, &rc.TopLeft()); // [5]

Why are you not doing something as simple as
CRect rc;
this is all you need. You have a complex and convoluted solution
to a simple problem.
Just translating the top/left coordinate makes no sense, because
it will produce a window
that has the wrong size.

no. everything works pretty well. i you insist, one could of course
define a struct RECT_ that has let, top, width and height members,
apart from that, my way is completely ok.

Why do you need to define a new structure? You can just do
CRect rc;
::GetWindowRect(m_hWnd, &rc);
::ScreenToClient(parent, &rc);
where, now that I know you are using multiple inheritance, is still
simpler than the
complex code you wrote. And by setting the right and bottom to the
Width() and Height(),
BEFORE transforming the top and left, you still get the wrong size.

?hm, no.. both rects are in pixel.

Consider the following: the rect is in the more-or-less middle of the
screen, and
somewhere inside of the window.

Let the screen coordinates be 600,400, 700, 500, that is, it is a
100x100 control
physically at 600,400.

You set rc.right=rc.Width() and rc.bottom=rc.Height(). So we have
rc.right = 100;
rc.bottom = 100;

Let the (0,0) of the client area of the window that contains the control
be at 400, 200 in
screen coordinates.

Now we transform with ScreenToClient the initial coordinates, just top
and left, to client
coordinates. In client coordinates, 600,400 translates to 200, 200 in
client coordinates.
So you have a rectangle that starts at 200,200 and ends at 100,100, when
your goal is to
have one that starts at 200,200 and goes to 300,300. Since right < left
and bottom < top,
what you have is actually an illegal rectangle.

in the view of "rectangle", you're right. but i have now something
different: i have struct that has x,y,width,height as needed by
CreateWindowEx(). but to dont make thinks to complicated for other i
now use the following struct:

struct SQDim {
UINT nLeft;
UINT nTop;
UINT nWidth;
UINT nHeight;

inline SQDim(UINT left = 0, UINT top = 0, UINT width = 0, UINT height
= 0) :
nLeft(left), nTop(top), nWidth(width), nHeight(height) {};

inline SQDim const& operator =(SQDim const& rDim)
{memcpy(this, &rDim, sizeof(this));};

inline SQDim const& operator =(RECT const& rRect)
nLeft = rRect.left;
nTop =;
nWidth = rRect.right - nLeft;
nHeight = rRect.bottom - nTop;

inline operator RECT() const
{RECT rc = {nLeft, nTop, nWidth + nLeft, nHeight + nTop}; return

Had you just done ScreenToClient on the whole rectangle, you would have
200,200, 300, 300
which is what you would want. right and bottom are not distances, but
absolute positions
within the coordinate system in question, which in this case is the
client coordinate
system (after translation). But you translate left and top as
coordinates and right and
bottom as distances. This is erroneous.

You have five overly complicated lines doing what two trivial
lines will accomplish.

// let derived class modify rc

I have no idea what this does because there is no handler called
OnCreationRect and you
have not given the code for this, but there's nothing I know that
needs to be done to this
rectangle once you have it.

in this case, the derived class uses this virtual as following:

void CQComboBox::OnCreationRect(RECT& rc)
RECT rcDropped;
rc.bottom = rcDropped.bottom -;

Using the 'On' prefix, which is used for handlers, is confusing.
Calling it something
meaningful like ComputeDroppedRect might have made it less ambiguous
as to what was going

// create a new window at current windows coordinates
HWND hNew = CreateWindowEx(dwStyleEx, QGetClassName(), "",
rc.left,, rc.right, rc.bottom, hParent, 0,
::AfxGetInstanceHandle(), NULL);

Why are you using the raw CreateWindowEx call? You can do this
trivially in MFC:

CWnd temp;
temp.CreateEx(dwStyleEx, QGetClassName(), _T(""), dwStyle, rc,
GetDlgCtrlId(), parent);
Note how simple this is. For that matter, does CQControl have a
Create method that would
be better?

I have no idea why you have chosen to change the control ID by
setting it to 0; this kills
off all your handlers in the parent window. For a brief moment you
will have two controls
with the same ID, but this will be changed momentarily, and causes
no harm.

oh, i thought it was hMenu.

Note that it is specified as being the hMenu for a top-level window
and the control ID for
a child window. From the documentation:

"For a child window, hMenu specifies the child-window identifer, an
integer value..."

It will have to be cast to an HMENU to satisfy the compiler.

But what you didn't do was make sure it is in the right place in
the Z-order
temp.SetWindowPos(this, 0, 0, 0, 0, SWP_NOMOVE | SWP_NOSIZE);

All this use of raw API and HWNDs is unneccessay.

// destroy old window and attach new one
m_hwnd = hNew;

Get rid of all the above lines.

The convoluted nature of what you are doing is probably what leads
to the assertion
failure. I wouldn't even try to debug this code, I would rewrite
it as indicated. Then,
and only then, if there is still a bug, would I worry about it.

Since MFC does not normally support multiple inheritance, there can
be some confusing side
effects here that may account for it. What is the type of the object
displayed by the

it displayes the expected type (CQComboBox)

Then you should not be seeing the error. But, as I indicated, MFC does
not play well with
multiple inheritance, and virtual destructors in a multiple inheritance
situation can have
interesting consequences. You're off into uncharted territory here.

Is there a reason you chose to use multiple inheritance over direct
inheritance? You are
working in unsupported areas here.

of course;-) i have a baseclass (CQControl) from with CQButton,
CQTree, CQComboBox and so on derive. Each derived class uses multiple
inheritance to derive from CQControl and its MFC-class. By doind this,
i can do the following:

void SomeFunction(CQControl* pCtrl)
// add an red blinking element with id ELEMENT_ID to the control
// set text of element ELEMENT_ID with detail id DETAIL_ID to "Some
// and add an image
pCtrl->QDtlSet(ELEMENT_ID, DETAIL_ID, _T("Some Text"),
// Select element ELEMENT_ID

if pCtrl is a CQListView, you set element-row ELEMENT_ID, detail-
column DETAIL_ID to image ELEMENT_IMAGE, detail DETAIL_ID. if pCtrl is
a CQButton and you have more than one element, you get a multibutton.
if you dont have "columns" (Button, ListBox,..), the details appear
tab-separated. So you have the same syntax for all controls. Use in
programm: guess you have a function that shall fill a selection-
control with user-names and some additional infos (an icon per user or
a user-state-color and so on). this function just gets a CQControl*
and fills it. if it fills a Listview, a Treeview, a ListBox, a
ComboBox or even a Button just depents on the design of the GUI. More:
CQControl uses a special worker thread and does all the syncronisation
needed, so you could call the above SomeFunction() from ANY Thread;-)

Yes, it is a cool idea, but as I've indicated, you are out into
seriously uncharted
territory here, and most of the ideas are not supported by the MFC
framework, which
aggressively is single-inheritance.

You can have the same syntax for all controls without requiring multiple
inheritance, but
I agree it is painful to duplicate code. As far as I know, no one has
succeeded in doing

;-))))))))))))) What i wrote is no "i plan to do this". IT
WORKS! ;-)))

It does? I thought the whole point of this thread was that it doesn't.
It generates an
error in the MFC runtime. If it worked, you wouldn't have needed to post
the question...

I tried it myself some years ago for the same purposes, and after a
lot of

newsgroup discussions, the verdict at that time was "You are never going
to win at this,
don't bother", and I gave it up. Nothing has changed in the intervening
decade since I
tried this, so it probably doesn't work today, either.

It's not that you have a bad idea, but that you have an idea that is
probably incompatible
with how MFC is designed to work.

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