Unlike other routines, this one doesn't need to pass the length of the returned string for later trimming in VBA. This is because the Delphi function also tricks VBA into "thinking" the returned string is Length(tmpStr)
long when, in reality, it is really
still 100-characters long. The trick has to be done though, so that all the nulls after the "0" (zero) character are ignored.
Here's the Delphi DLL:
procedure GetStr(A: PChar; B: PChar);stdcall;
var StrData:Longword absolute B; //make StrData share B's memory so it
//also holds the address of the first
//character in the string
StrDataSizePtr:^Longword; //pointer to 4-byte memory size--later,
//we will make it point to the BSTR
//string size location
tmpStr:=tmpStr + '1234567890'; //make changes to tmpStr
StrPLCopy(B,tmpStr, Length(tmpStr)); //Copy tmpStr to B
StrDataSizePtr:=Ptr(StrData-4); //point string size location
//which starts 4 bytes before
//the first char in the string
StrDataSizePtr^:=Length(tmpStr); //set size to tmpStr length.
//this tricks VBA into reading
//only length(tmpStr) chars.
GetStr name 'GetStr';
To use the DLL in VBA (assuming the DLL is in C:\Program Files\Common Files
), the declaration would be:
Public Declare Sub GetStr Lib "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Example.dll"
(ByVal A As String, ByVal B As String)
Public Sub Test_GetStr()
Dim A As String
Dim B As String
A="This is a test..."
B = String(100, vbNullChar) 'reserve lots of space for B
GetStr A, B
MsgBox "-" & B & "-"