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

John J. Lee jjl at
Sat Aug 9 16:21:44 CEST 2003

Markus Wankus <markus_wankus at> writes:

> On Thu, 7 Aug 2003 23:06:01 +1000 (EST), Andrew MacIntyre
> <andymac at> 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.


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