Re: COM Basics

"Heinz Ozwirk" <>
Sat, 21 Oct 2006 00:05:45 +0200
<> schrieb im Newsbeitrag


I'm attempting to use the COM interface incorporated into PDFCreator
( I'm an absolute
beginner when it comes to COM, so if someone could give me some
beginner tips that would be great.

So far I import the .exe with:

#import "C:\Program Files\PDFCreator\PDFCreator.exe"

#import places all definitions in a namespace. If you don't know its name,
look into the .tlh file to find its name or specify a name with the import

    #import "..." rename_namespace("MyNamespace")

or disable the namespace (not really recomended) with

    #import "..." no_namespace

In my code:

 CComPtr<__clsPDFCreator> pdfObject;

#import without the raw_interfaces_only already defines smart pointers for
all interfaces. Just use the interface name with a Ptr suffix, i.e.

    MyNamespace::__clsPDCCreatorPtr pdfObject(CLSID_clsPDFCreator);

(which also does the CoCreateInstance).

   if (SUCCEEDED(pdfObject.CoCreateInstance(CLSID_clsPDFCreator)))
 //try to do stuff with pdfObject

In the bit where I try to do stuff with pdfObject, none of the PDF
object methods are recognised. All give a 'is not a member of...'

Remember that smart pointers are pointers. You have to use "->" to access
members of an interface, not ".".


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