AutoThread Attributes Sample: Demonstrates the Use of CAtlAutoThreadModule 

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The AutoThread sample demonstrates using CAtlAutoThreadModule. The server is implemented in the Server.exe file. The module of the EXE is derived from CAtlAutoThreadModule instead of CAtlModule.

The AutoThread sample is the nonattributed version of this sample.

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To build and run this sample

  1. Open the solution file AutoThread.sln.

  2. From the Build menu, click Build Solution. This will build and register the client and the server.

  3. Start two instances of the ActiveX Control Test Container. See Testing Properties and Events with Test Container for information on how to access the test container.

  4. Insert one of the client controls (CAutoCtl Class) into each of the test containers.

  5. Click one of the controls and notice that it takes one second for the server to return.

  6. Position and resize the test containers so that both of them are visible at the same time.

  7. Click one of the controls and then quickly click the other control. Notice that they finish waiting at approximately the same time. (If CComAutoThreadModule were not used, the first control would finish after one second, but the second control would not finish until a full second after the first control finished. The second call to sleep would not occur until the first had finished.) You can use the Delay(PropGet) and Delay(PropPut) methods to adjust the number of milliseconds the server sleeps for. If set properly, the second call to sleep may return before the first call to sleep.

How the Sample Works

The server interface has a single method: Sleep. This method puts the server thread to sleep for a given amount of time. The client portion of the sample is an ActiveX control that invokes the server's sleep method when the user clicks the control. The client also has a property named Delay that represents how long the server thread will sleep. The control displays the text "Ready" when it is waiting for a user click. The text "Waiting" is displayed when the control is waiting for the server to finish sleeping.


This sample uses the following attributes:

  • AutoThread/AutoClient   coclass, dual, emitidl, helpstring, id, in, module, object, out, pointer_default, progid, propget, propput, registration_script, retval, threading, uuid, version, vi_progid

  • AutoThread/AutoServer   coclass, dual, emitidl, helpstring, id, module, object, pointer_default, progid, threading, uuid, version, vi_progid


This sample uses the following keywords:

AtlGetObjectSourceInterface; BEGIN_SINK_MAP; CoCreateInstance; DECLARE_CLASSFACTORY_SINGLETON; IDispEventSimpleImpl::DispEventAdvise; END_SINK_MAP; IConnectionPointContainerImpl; IConnectionPointImpl; IDispEventImpl; OLE2CT; SINK_ENTRY_EX; SysAllocString; USES_CONVERSION; VARIANT; VariantClear; VariantCopy


Some of the samples, such as this one, have not been modified to reflect the changes in the Visual C++ wizards, libraries, and compiler, but still demonstrate how to complete your desired task.

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