Re: distributing a COM library/server for use by other folks for C++

"Alexander Nickolov" <>
Thu, 29 Jun 2006 11:39:52 -0700
That would be ok for Automation-compatible interfaces.
Consider distributing the IDL as well. And you don't need
the _i.c file - it can be generated from the IDL if needed,
and with #import you are have the named_guids modifier.

Alexander Nickolov
Microsoft MVP [VC], MCSD

"Jason S" <> wrote in message

If I have my compiled COM library/server (.dll for the purposes of this
discussion; could also be an .exe), what other file(s) are the best way
to distribute this for use by other people in their C++ clients? (Many
of us here are using MSVC 6.0, not sure if the answer is different for
more recent MSVC versions)

As far as I can tell, I can take just the .dll and the _i.c file
produced by MIDL, when I build the server. Then I can #import the .dll
and #include the _i.c file (for CLSIDs, somehow I can't seem to use
just the .dll file) & everything seems to work dandy.

Or I can #import the .tlb file instead of the .dll; this gives me the
ability to decouple the location of the dll's for installation, from
the .tlb / _i.c files needed for compilation.

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