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Sending commands to PowerPro

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Hi guys,

I'd like to send some commands to a running instance of PowerPro via AutoIt. This is the C/C++ (?) code that will achieve it:

#define VAR_SIZE 532
char szCommand[VAR_SIZE + 24];
char szName[VAR_SIZE + 1];
COPYDATASTRUCT cd;

strcpy(szCommand, "Win.debug(?'Eeexcellent.')");
cd.dwData = 1;
cd.cbData = strlen(szCommand) + 1;
cd.lpData = szCommand;

g_hwndPowerPro = FindWindow("PowerProMain", NULL);
SendMessage(g_hwndPowerPro, WM_COPYDATA, 0, (LPARAM)&cd);

I think I can understand about half of this code enough to write its AutoIt equivalent, but I'm not sure about how I'd go about passing a COPYDATASTRUCT. For what it's worth, MSDN says this about the COPYDATASTRUCT structure:

typedef struct tagCOPYDATASTRUCT {
    ULONG_PTR dwData;
    DWORD cbData;
    PVOID lpData;
} COPYDATASTRUCT, *PCOPYDATASTRUCT;

Using the above info and some reading I came up with the code below. Am I frightfully far off the mark? --

Global $WM_COPYDATA = 0x004A

Local $Command = "Win.debug(?'Eeexcellent.')"

Local $Struct = DLLStructCreate("ptr;dword;ptr")
DLLStructSetData($Struct, 1, 1)
DLLStructSetData($Struct, 2, StringLen($Command) + 1)
DLLStructSetData($Struct, 3, $Command)

Local $StructPtr = DLLStructGetPtr($Struct)
Local $WinHandle = WinGetHandle("PowerProMain")
DLLCall("user32.dll", "none", "SendMessage", "hWnd", $WinHandle, "int", $WM_COPYDATA, "ptr", $StructPtr)

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Thanks for the input Larry.

I notice that the COPYDATASTRUCT wants something called a PVOID. From what I can tell, this seems to be a pointer-type thing and in my case, I would want to give it a pointer to my string. I suppose I would need another DLLStruct for that. I'll see what I can do.

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Done! I've posted my work to the Scripts and Scraps forum.

Thanks very much for your help Larry! Please feel free to check it out in case I've done something drastically ugly -- I have no experience with DLLs, structures or C (yet).

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