Chapter 12. Unmanaged Code Interoperability

The Microsoft .NET Framework is an extensive platform. However, despite having reached version 4.0, it still does not duplicate all the features that are available in unmanaged code. Currently, the .NET Framework does not include every function that is available in the Win32 API, and many businesses use proprietary solutions that they have built in native code or as COM or ActiveX components.

Fortunately, the .NET Framework is equipped with interoperability features that allow you to use native code from .NET Framework applications as well as access .NET assemblies as though they were COM components. The recipes in this chapter describe how to do the following:

  • Call functions defined in a DLL, get the ...

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