Dear Friends. Have you ever needed a quick understanding of a technique, e.g. ActiveX or VSX, but been daunted by the few or too many samples and documents that are available on the Internet? Have you ever downloaded or created a good sample, e.g. a named pipe sample for IPC, but forgotten where the sample was placed after a few days? Have you ever wanted a simple test environment, e.g. a COM object or a DLL, but become tired of frequently creating such projects and naming them as "ClassLibrary1", "ClassLibrary2", "ClassLibraryABC"?

 

If your answer is YES to any one of these questions, this All-In-One Code Framework will be of assistance to you.

 

We recently created a sample-code project All-In-One Code Framework (codename CodeFx) on CodePlex.

 

All-In-One Code Framework delineates the framework and skeleton of most Microsoft development techniques (e.g. COM, Data Access, IPC) using typical sample codes in different programming languages (e.g. Visual C#, VB.NET, Visual C++). For instance, the code example ATLActiveXDll shows the skeleton of an ATL ActiveX DLL as its name implies. Each example is elaborately selected, composed, and documented to demonstrate one frequently-asked, tested or used scenario based on our experience as support engineers. If you are a software developer, you can fill the skeleton with blood, muscle and soul. If you are a software tester or a support engineer like us, you may extend the sample codes a little to fit your specific test scenario or refer your customer to this project if the customer's question coincides with what we collected.

 

Project Scope

 

The target of the project is to sketch the skeleton of most Microsoft development techniques using typical sample codes that are frequently-asked, tested or used. You can imagine each technique as a building. The foundation of the building (the basics of the technique) and the facilities inside the building (the details of the technique) are not in the scope. Instead, you fill find the structure of the building (the framework and skeleton of the technique) in the scope.

 

Features

 

All-In-One

 

All examples for all Microsoft development techniques are in one Visual Studio solution. All source codes, documents, and reference materials can be viewed or tested in one instance of Visual Studio.

 

Uniform

 

·      All examples follow a uniform naming convention. The convention applies to the name of the projects, variables, methods, types, etc.  

·      All examples have a uniform style of coding, commenting and documentation. For instance, each code example has a ReadMe.txt file that documents the example. The content of ReadMe.txt follows this structure: Use (the purpose of the example), Project Relation (the relation between the current example and the rest), Build (how to build the example), Creation (the detailed steps to create such an example) and References (the reference materials).

·      All examples of the same technique manage to provide a uniform output or export. For instance, ATLActiveXDll, ATLActiveXExe, CSDllCOMServer, VBDllCOMServer, MFCActiveX, MFCSafeActiveX, CSActiveX, VBActiveX are COM components in different forms. However, they export a uniform set of methods, properties and events.

 

Mutually Dependent

 

The code examples are mutually dependent or related, and many are efficiently reused by other examples to demonstrate the techniques. For instance, CppDllExport is a sample C++ DLL that exports the symbols of data, functions and classes. CppImplicitlyLinkDll depends on CppDllExport to demonstrate the implicit link of a DLL; CppDelayloadDll delay-loads the DLL; CppLoadLibrary dynamically loads the DLL; CSPInvokeDll uses CppDllExport to show the use of .NET Platform Invocation Service.

 

Source of Examples

 

The sample codes are refined out of our supports for developers in the newsgroups and the forums. You can think of the project as a collection of most frequently requested test scenarios in contrast with FAQs.

 

The above four features are highlighted because most sample code sites like www.codeproject.com and MSDN lack them. Besides, the code examples in All-In-One Code Framework are typical, extensible, structured, complete, and easy to understand.

 

Current Stage

 

In the pilot phase of the project, we focus on five techniques: COM, Library, IPC, Office and Data Access. Today is March 8, 2009. There have been 36 code examples in the project. The collection currently grows at a rate of seven examples per week.

 

The following examples are the epitome of CodeFx on 2009-3-1. For an up-to-date list, please refer to All-In-One Code Framework Examples.

 

Examples for COM and ActiveX:

 

COM and ActiveX 

 

Name

Description

CSDllCOMServer

A COM server written in C#

VBDllCOMServer

A COM server written in VB.NET

ATLActiveXDll

An in-process ATL COM Server

ATLActiveXExe

An out-of-process ATL COM Server

MFCActiveX

A MFC ActiveX Control

MFCSafeActiveX

A MFC ActiveX Control Safe for Scripting and Initialization

CSActiveX

A C# ActiveX Control

VBActiveX

A VB.NET ActiveX Control

CppCOMClient

Use COM servers in a C++ application

CSCOMClient

Host ActiveX controls use COM servers in C#

VBCOMClient

Host ActiveX controls and use COM servers in VB.NET

MFCCOMClient

Host ActiveX controls and use COM servers in MFC

HTMLEmbedActiveX

Host ActiveX controls in HTML

 

Examples for Data Access:

 

Data Access 

 

Name

Description

CSUseADO

Use ADO in a C# application

CppUseADO

Use ADO in a C++ application

CSUseADONET

Use ADO.NET in a C# application

CppUseADONET

Use ADO.NET in a C++ application

 

Examples for Library:

 

Library

 

Name

Description

CppDllExport

A C++ dynamic library export symbols

CppImplicitlyLinkDll

C++ implicitly links a DLL

CppDelayloadDll

C++ delay-loads a DLL

CppLoadLibrary

C++ dynamically loads a DLL

CSLoadLibrary

C# dynamically loads a native DLL

CSPInvokeDll

C# P/Invokes a native DLL

CSClassLibrary

A C# Class Library

CppHostCLR

C++ hosts CLR and loads a .NET assembly

CSReflection

C# dynamically loads and uses the types of a .NET assembly

CSEmitAssembly

C# emits an assembly with types in runtime

CppStaticLibrary

A C++ Static Library

CppStaticallyLinkLib

C++ statically links a static library

Examples for IPC and RPC:

Name

Description

CppNamedPipeServer

A named-pipe server written in C++

CppNamedPipeClient

A named-pipe client written in C++

CSNamedPipeServer

A named-pipe server written in C#

CSNamedPipeClient

A named-pipe client written in C#

CppMailslotServer

A mailslot server written in C++

CppMailslotClient

A mailslot client written in C++

CppFileMappingServer

Create shared memory in C++

CppFileMappingClient

Access shared memory in C++

CSRemotingServer

A .NET Remoting server written in C#

CSRemotingClient

A .NET Remoting client written in C#

VBRemotingServer

A .NET Remoting server written in VB

VBRemotingClient

A .NET Remoting client written in VB

 

Feedback

We look forward to hearing your feedback. Please post your suggestions and ideas in Discussions or contact us directly. Your comments on this project are appreciated. 

 

Thank you!