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From: Anthony Williams (anthony_w.geo_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-07-19 03:10:31

"Alan Bellingham" <alan_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
> "Anthony Williams" <anthony_w.geo_at_[hidden]>:
> >The only solution is to #include <windows.h> in the TU that defines the
> >class SearchPath, or to avoid every name in the windows API. Yuck.
> The _other_ only solution is to include a file afterwards that #undefs
> all those lovely macros and provides inline forwarding functions
> instead. Once I've finished the house move, I'll be getting a round tuit
> ... around to finishing a first draft of such an include file.
> e.g.:
> #if defined(CharLower)
> # undef CharLower
> inline char * CharLower(char * Src) { return CharLowerA(Src); }
> inline wchar_t* CharLower(wchar_t* Src) { return CharLowerW(Src); }
> #endif

Which, though it looks harmless, might affect a program that uses the
windows API --- previously CharLower named a single function, but now it
names an overloaded set. e.g.

_bstr_t fileName;

CreateFile(fileName,GENERIC_READ,0,NULL,OPEN_EXISTING,0,NULL); // oops, now

This is a problem, because _bstr_t has both char* and wchar* conversion


Anthony Williams
Software Engineer, Nortel Networks Optical Components Ltd
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