[gmpi] Re: low level API - Abstract Factory summary

  • From: Jeff McClintock <jeffmcc@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: gmpi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2005 14:53:21 +1300

Tim Hockin wrote:

When you compile the plugin on linux, how do you specify that that symbol is 'exported', visible from the 'outside'.

It's not static, and it hasn't been stripped, so it is visible. At least, that's how I have always used it.

So no special keyword like on windows?, I've now get something like this...

extern "C" {


IUnknown* GetPluginFactory(void)
// snip

where EXPORT_THIS_SYMBOL is defined as blank on linux..

#if defined( WIN32 )
   #define EXPORT_THIS_SYMBOL __declspec (dllexport)

..as to the factory being an object, or just a function. I'm not worried either way.
The reason I have a seperate instantiate() function was due to Paul saying..

"This recognizes the fundamental and critical
distinction between instantiating a plugin (at which time, the plugin
vendor is free to throw in hooks to do copy protection/license
checking if they choose to) and metadata querying, when they are not."

Best regards,

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