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Using A DLL

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How would I get started using DLLs in AutoIt? Not DLLs that I made but any that I find that I think may have useful functions. A while back I found a program called DLL Export Viewer but it doesn't seem to give enough info to make the DLL useable. Is a DLL without documentation useless?

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Mostly useless or harmful. Any wrong parameter type or misunderstood semantics will likely cause a crash or worse.

To be usable a dll function needs a complete description of its behavior and correct context of use, of its In, Out or In-Out parameters type and semantics, of its return type and semantic, its error conditions and its calling convention. MSDN entries generally give good examples of the documentation required to safely invoke a given function with all chances of success (and even then ...).

Lacking part of those informations means you're calling machine code by guesswork.


This wonderful site allows debugging and testing regular expressions (many flavors available). An absolute must have in your bookmarks.
Another excellent RegExp tutorial. Don't forget downloading your copy of up-to-date pcretest.exe and pcregrep.exe here
RegExp tutorial: enough to get started
PCRE v8.33 regexp documentation latest available release and currently implemented in AutoIt beta.

SQLitespeed is another feature-rich premier SQLite manager (includes import/export). Well worth a try.
SQLite Expert (freeware Personal Edition or payware Pro version) is a very useful SQLite database manager.
An excellent eBook covering almost every aspect of SQLite3: a must-read for anyone doing serious work.
SQL tutorial (covers "generic" SQL, but most of it applies to SQLite as well)
A work-in-progress SQLite3 tutorial. Don't miss other LxyzTHW pages!
SQLite official website with full documentation (may be newer than the SQLite library that comes standard with AutoIt)

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