which classes support aggregation?

Mike Hearn mh at codeweavers.com
Wed Dec 1 08:44:19 CST 2004

On Tue, 30 Nov 2004 18:36:37 -0500, James Hawkins wrote:
> IClassFactory->CreateInstance aggregation check: 
> "The CreateInstance method of IClassFactory takes pUnkOuter as the
> second member. This parameter must be null unless the class supports
> aggregation, which many don't."
> Where can I find out which classes support aggregation?

Typically MSDN will tell you. However MSDN is often wrong or missing vital
info, so we need unit tests for them really. 

Rob has made a start on a COM testing framework. Where COM objects are
implemented, there should be unit tests which check if the object can be
aggregated or not. For this a dummy COM object could be used and then
passed as the outer unknown, if you don't get back CO_E_NOAGGREGATION then
it's OK (in theory ... in practice I suspect not all objects check this).

Maybe we should have a header that makes aggregation checks really easy.

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