Re: CMAP under vs2005+

Ulrich Eckhardt <>
Thu, 23 Oct 2008 09:47:44 +0200
Tommy wrote:

In other words, using an example with the traditional CMap class

     CMap<CString, const char *,CString, const char *> map;

     map["key1"] = "ext 2223";
     map["KEY1"] = "ext 2223";
     map["kEy2"] = "ext 2225";
     map["Key2"] = "ext 2225";

However, this is four unique keys. So CMapEx allowed me to do this in
a case insensitive manner:

     CMapEx<CString, const char *> map;

     map["key1"] = "ext 2223";
     map["KEY1"] = "ext 2223"; // Overrides first key1
     map["kEy2"] = "ext 2225";
     map["Key2"] = "ext 2225"; // Overrides first kEy2

There would be only two keys here.

CMapEx was been extremely valuable in my software compiled under VC6,
and now that I am moving to VS2005, of course, I am coming across some
afx template compatibility issues.

I guess I would like to ask if A) is it possible with a compiler
define or something that make afxtempl.h behavior the same? or B) is
there is a alternative approach, maybe using std c/c++ template that
will give me the same case insensitive collection behavior?

The C++ standard's template std::map<> uses an optional parameter that
defines how keys are compared to each other. I'd check and see if MFC's
CMap<> does anything similar.

If is possible to use CMap with an unique HashKey function unique to
CMapEx wrapper for CMAP so I can make the hash case insensitive?

There is another approach, and that is to always only store lowercase or
uppercase strings as keys. Either using a custom key class (that otherwise
behaves like a string) or a wrapper around CMap would both work if changing
the key comparison isn't possible.


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