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VariantChangeType

Windows Mobile 6.5
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4/8/2010

This function converts a variant from one type to another.


HRESULT VariantChangeType( 
  VARIANTARG FAR* pvargDest, 
  VARIANTARG FAR* pvarSrc, 
  unsigned short wFlags, 
  VARTYPE vt 
); 

pvargDest

[out] Pointer to the VarBoolFromDisp to receive the coerced type. If this is the same as pvarSrc, the variant is converted in place.

pvarSrc

[in] Pointer to the source VARIANTARG to be coerced.

wFlags

[in] Flags that control the coercion.

The only defined flag is VARIANT_NOVALUEPROP, which prevents the function from attempting to coerce an object to a fundamental type by getting the Value property.

Applications should set this flag only if necessary, because it makes their behavior inconsistent with other applications.

vt

[in] Specifies the type to coerce to. If the return code is S_OK, the vt member of the VARIANTARG specified by *pvargDest is the same as this value.

Returns the HRESULT values shown in the following table.

Value Description

S_OK

Success.

DISP_E_BADVARTYPE

The variant type vt is not a valid type of variant.

DISP_E_OVERFLOW

The data pointed to by pvarSrc does not fit in the destination type.

DISP_E_TYPEMISMATCH

The argument could not be coerced to the specified type.

E_INVALIDARG

An argument is invalid.

E_OUTOFMEMORY

Memory could not be allocated for the conversion.

Passing invalid (and under some circumstances NULL) pointers to this function causes an unexpected termination of the application.

The VariantChangeType function handles coercions between the fundamental types (including numeric-to-string and string-to-numeric coercions).

A variant that has VT_BYREF set is coerced to a value by obtaining the referenced value. An object is coerced to a value by invoking the object's Value property (DISPID_VALUE).

Typically, the implementer of IDispatch::Invoke determines which member is being accessed and then calls VariantChangeType to get the value of one or more arguments.

For example, if the IDispatch call specifies a SetTitle member that takes one string argument, the implementer would call VariantChangeType to attempt to coerce the argument to VT_BSTR.

If VariantChangeType does not return an error, the argument could then be obtained directly from the bstrVal member of the VARIANTARG.

If VariantChangeType returns DISP_E_TYPEMISMATCH, the implementor would set *puArgErr to 0 (indicating the argument in error) and return DISP_E_TYPEMISMATCH from IDispatch::Invoke.

Arrays of one type cannot be converted to arrays of another type with this function.

The type of a VARIANTARG should not be changed in the rgvarg array in place.

Headeroleauto.h
Libraryoleaut32.lib
Windows Embedded CEWindows CE 2.0 and later
Windows MobileWindows Mobile Version 5.0 and later

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