Wednesday, November 28, 2007

[Ada (GNAT/GCC)] Passing data with VB6's VARPTR to Ada

In the current project, I've been trying to figure out how to pass data to Ada. Because I'll be passing Long, Double (Float), and two Types to emulate a LongLong and a DoubleDouble, I decided I'd use VB's VarPtr and have Ada sort the mess out on its side.

After the loss of a little hair, the reading of bits of Michael B. Feldman's
Software Construction and Data Structures with Ada 95, and with help from Martin Krischik and Simon Wright, I came up with the following.

The code was worked out in the context of the afore-posted api project. If you want to play with this, just take the earlier work and stuff this into it.

First up, the additions to

Next, the additions to api.adb:

Next, some VB code to demonstrate ...

... and a sample output.

I'm in the process now of working out how to access the LongLong and DoubleDouble Types. Shall keep you posted.

By the way, the return value will eventually be a pointer as well. That'll keep the VB programmer on his toes.

© Copyright Bruce M. Axtens, 2007


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this useful Ada programming tip. I was just trying something like this a few days ago.

Bruce M. Axtens said...

Glad to be of service.