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Article #17513: BSTRs as Params instead of AnsiString

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FAQ2513C.txt   BSTRs as Params instead of AnsiString
Category   :ActiveX
Platform    :All
Product    :C++Builder  3.x

I have upgraded from BCB1 to BCB3.  In BCB1.  The functions
in one of the ActiveX controls that used to take a AnsiString now
take a BSTR.  I tryed using it the same way as i used to with an
ansistring, but this does not work.  I also tryed typecasting the 
parameter to a wchar_t* and that crashes the system.  What do I

v3.0 exposes VT_BSTR as true BSTRs since we now support 
Server code and an AnsiString cannot be used for an [out] or 
[out,retval] string parameter.

You'll need to use a WideString for the call:

(WideString is a Pascal Runtime Type that will work in 
C++Builder.  For more information on WideString look at 

The reason that typecasting using a wchar* crashed the system
is because with BSTR's you need to use SysAllocString and
SysFreeString, otherwise you will crash the app.

7/2/98 10:32:32 AM

Last Modified: 01-SEP-99