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ZKAT8IT
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Posted: 4th Aug 2006 04:46 Edited at: 6th Aug 2006 14:37
The .Net Dll Converter v1.0 is completed and for sale for [Edit] $24.99 at
http://www.virtualdarkarts.com ( site requires flash 7.0 or higher )

What this program does is allow you to create a DLL in .Net and expose the functions so that they can be used in any non managed language. Your DLL's may be coded in C++.Net ,C#.Net, or VB.Net.

Here are some screenshots of the what the program is capable of allowing by combining .Net and DBP.


http://dse.lanejump.com/ftp/SG_Test4.PNG
http://dse.lanejump.com/ftp/Land_Water.PNG

The entire program in the above screenshots was coded in VB.Net by calling the DBP commands from within VB.Net. The same can apply for C#.Net and C++.Net if used properly.

adr
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Posted: 4th Aug 2006 11:38 Edited at: 4th Aug 2006 11:38
Hi,

I'm no expert in DLL writing. I've managed to write a Regex plugin in C++, but that's about it. I've got 3 questions; they're pretty generic DLLy questions, but I'd appreciate your input, with a view to your .NET DLL Converter.

1. I understand that the "globStruct" is like the doorway into DBPro. I can find out engine level stuff (like an object's position). Is it possible to modify that object's position directly from the DLL? Pretty generic question, but I'd much rather do all the manipulation in .NET that I can

2. Does your DLL actually "convert" the .NET DLL, or does it just create a "wrapper", therefore requiring the original DLL somewhere. I assume it's the latter, because otherwise you'd have to rewrite a lot of the framework

3. When you say "calling the DBP commands from within VB.Net" does that mean you ran DBPro's DLLs through the converter? Wouldn't DBPro's DLLs have to be available to the application somehow?

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ZKAT8IT
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Posted: 4th Aug 2006 12:02
Ok, to answer your questions.

1: I added support for the ReceiveCoreDataPtr, Constructor, Destructor functions. As for "globStruct" I haven't fully tested that in C++.Net but I'm pretty sure you can use it though it might need to be modifed. I think it was giving me weird errors last time I tried including "globStruct.h". I haven't messed around with it that much. If you wondering about doing something like globstruct->positionobject(..) then no. Not unless you somehow manage to get "globStruct.h" working. Although, I have included with the program Include files for C++.Net, C#.Net and VB.Net to call the DBP command from within .Net. Here's a screenshot.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/ZKAT8IT/DBP_Net_SDK.jpg

2: It actually converts the DLL. It is not a wrapper.

3: No, calling the DBP command from within .Net is just like any other TPC. You just link you're dll to the DBP dll's and access their command set. So after the .Net DLL is converted, you toss it into the plugins-user folder and use it as if it were any normal TPC. There's also a .dba file included with the program ( thanks to APEXNow ) to force inclusion of DBP dll's if you use any commands in your DLL that are not being used in your DBP exe.

I hope I explained that right, lol.

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Posted: 4th Aug 2006 12:06
Quote: "It actually converts the DLL. It is not a wrapper."


Does this mean you don't need .NET to run the DLL?

ZKAT8IT
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Posted: 4th Aug 2006 12:08 Edited at: 4th Aug 2006 12:16
Well, no. Maybe I missunderstood the question. Lol. You still need .Net to use the DLL.

[Edit] And for those wondering. the programsupports .Net 1.1 and .Net 2.0. Probably .Net 1.0 also, but you'll need to manually configure the locations of the compiler and decompiler yourself for that one. I am also working on adding support for passing Array's and Structures as parameters for functions.

[Edit] To clarify my original post about the level editor. The entire thing was written in VB.Net as a DLL, which I then called from DBP.

John Y
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Posted: 5th Aug 2006 19:24
I like how it works, but it is a little expensive. I would purchase if it were cheaper

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ZKAT8IT
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Posted: 6th Aug 2006 01:36 Edited at: 6th Aug 2006 13:19
John Y. Yeah, I was thinking of dropping it also. After some consideration it did seem a little steep. I was reconsidering between 25-30.

ZKAT8IT
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Posted: 6th Aug 2006 13:20
After careful consideration I've decided to change the price to $25.

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Posted: 6th Aug 2006 14:36
congrats ZK!


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Posted: 7th Aug 2006 01:00
Nice job ZK

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The Wendigo
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Posted: 11th Aug 2006 04:27
Awesome! Goodluck with that, Zkat!

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Posted: 11th Aug 2006 14:31
@The Wendigo, long time no see

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Silvester
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Posted: 11th Aug 2006 15:31
Zkatit,it seems i cant download your DBP-VB.net toolkit...

HowCome?

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ZKAT8IT
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Posted: 11th Aug 2006 23:43
Accel Leon: I'm not sure, the download link on my site works here. Try this link.

http://virtualdarkarts.com/ftp/DBP_VBNET_Toolkit.zip

If that one doesn't work try this one.

http://dse.lanejump.com/ftp/DBP_VBNET_Toolkit.zip

Silvester
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Posted: 12th Aug 2006 17:10
Now i got it.



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Bob da reaper
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Posted: 21st Aug 2006 14:06
Absoloutely brilliant, i'm coding away with the demo right now and I think this will be on my christmas list

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