Threading Model (Both) and cross apartment calls

"buddie84" <>
3 Oct 2006 11:45:32 -0700
I am developing this component and struck with a cross apartment call
issue ...

Component : COM- ATL
Threading model - "Both"
FTM / Free Threaded Marshalling supported

This component should support events using Connection points ..

The connection point /outgoing interface looks like this :

[id(1), helpstring("method MyEvent")] HRESULT MyEvent([in]IMyObj

The events may fired from another thread other than Main Thread , and
the outgoing argument IMyObj *pMyObj will be created in the event
thread (multithreaded apartment)

Here are the 2 situations the components will be used :

Case 1
Multi Threaded client, initialized with CoInitializeEx(NULL,
All threads belongs to same apartment (multi thread) ,there is no cross
apartment calls and everything seems fine

Case 2
Single Threaded Apartment client , ie initialized with

In this case, we have 2 apartments
1) event thread(multi thread apartment )
2) main/client thread (single thread apartment)

These are two scenarios of cross apartment calls and it should be
resolved :
a) Sink/outgoing interface pointer will be called from event thread
b) The outgoing argument(IMyObj) will be created in "event thread"
which is going to be called from the "main/client thread ".

Case (a) could be resolved using IConnectionPointImplMT ,which use the
marshaled sink .
 I am using IConnectionPointImplMT instead of IConnectionPointImpl to
perform interface (outgoing) marshalling
Ref :

Can any one suggest how can we resolve Case (b) ?

I am looking for a simple solution , don't want to marshal IMyObj
*pMyObj and send a stream or DWORD arguments to client and ask to
narwhal it .

How about if change the argument type to say :
[id(1), helpstring("method MyEvent")] HRESULT MyEvent([in]VARIANT

Will the COM Standard marshalling do the trick and the client could
safely use Interface by casting it to IDispatch* ?

MyEventImplementaion (VARIANT varMyObj)
    IMyObj *pMyObj =(IMyObj *) V_DISPATCH(varMyObj);

Thanks in advance


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