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Inside COM: INF: Missing Header and Source Code Files

Article ID: 171560

Article Last Modified on 1/16/2001


  • MSPRESS Inside Com ISBN 1-57231-349-8

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The source code for several of the later chapters of Inside COM, appears to be missing some header (.h) and source code (.c) files.


This is by design. The MIDL compiler generates these files during the build process, when it processes the IDL files that are included in the code.

In each of the programs for Chapters 10, 11, and 12, MIDL generates five files from the Server.idl file: Iface.h, Server.tlb, Proxy.c, Guids.c, and DllData.c. The make files included with these sample programs all run the MIDL compiler to produce these files. The book explains this process on pages 260-261.

The Tangram sample program includes several IDL files from which MIDL generates many header and source code files. For more information, see pages 351-352 in the text, and the Readme.txt file in the \Tangram directory on the companion CD.

Because the MIDL compiler must write several files to the source code directory, you cannot compile these files directly from the CD-ROM. You must first copy the source code files to your hard drive before attempting to compile the program.

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