win32, COM, and Solidworks (again) - Still Trying

Markus Wankus markus_wankus at hotmail.com
Tue Aug 12 03:19:14 CEST 2003


On 12 Aug 2003 01:12:29 +0100, John J. Lee <jjl at pobox.com> wrote:

> Markus Wankus <markus_wankus at hotmail.com> writes:
>
>> On 09 Aug 2003 15:21:44 +0100, John J. Lee <jjl at pobox.com> wrote:
>>
>> > Markus Wankus <markus_wankus at hotmail.com> writes:
>> >
>> >> On Thu, 7 Aug 2003 23:06:01 +1000 (EST), Andrew MacIntyre
>> >> <andymac at bullseye.apana.org.au> wrote:
>> > [...]
>> >> > If you need to go beyond the IDispatch interface, Thomas Heller's
>> >> ctypes
>> >> > package looks to be your only option, short of creating a full- 
>> blown
>> >> > Pythonwin wrapper (ala Pythonwin's MAPI support) for the
>> >> SolidWorks COM
>> >> > API.
>> >> >
>> >>
>> >> Yes, I was looking into this but was a little mystified at first.  I
>> >> generated the python wrapper and had a look inside, but was unsure of
>> >> the extent of the Python code I was going to be required to write, as
>> >> well as type conversions.
>> >
>> > He wasn't talking about the automatically-generated makepy Python
>> > code, but rather hand-crafted C code wrapper around a particular
>> > vtable COM interface (though Mark may have some tools to help with the
>> > process of writing such wrappers, I don't think it's automated).
>> >
>> > ctypes is an easy way of doing it than writing a C wrapper.
>> >
>>
>> Hmmm.. I guess I am not following.  I'll go back to the ctypes page
>> again and give it another go.
>
> Ah, maybe it was me who wasn't following.  I haven't looked at the
> ctypes COM support.  I was thinking you were referring to the
> win32all-generated Python code, but maybe ctypes does Python code
> generation too, and you were referring to that?  Dunno.
>
>
> John
>

Yeah - ctypes generates Python code as well and that is what I was 
referring to.  Anyway - thanks to all who responded.  I just wish I knew a 
little more...ah well.  You can't beat experience.  Too bad it takes so 
long.

-- 
Markus




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