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Thread: [RESOLVED] Windows API data types + LPCBYTE

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    [RESOLVED] Windows API data types + LPCBYTE

    Can anyone tell me what an LPCBYTE is (found reading through someones code) and how it differs from a long pointer to byte LPBYTE? It doesn't seem to be part of the windows api ...

    A more general question - is there a simple reason why windows defines its own versions of the basic types (char as BYTE, short as WORD, long as DWORD).. and more importantly why you should use them?

    Many thanks in advance

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    Re: Windows API data types + LPCBYTE

    LPCBYTE is a const LPBYTE or a const char * (as defined in ODBCSS.H)

    The API used its own defines so that it can remain consistent across all supported platforms. A WORD on a 16-bit platform, should be the same size as a WORD on a 64-bit platform (both 16-bit unsigned integers), whereas an int value is entirely different (16 vs 64).

    Hope this helps,

    - Nigel

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    Re: Windows API data types + LPCBYTE

    Quote Originally Posted by NigelQ View Post
    LPCBYTE is a const LPBYTE
    This information is wrong LPCBYTE is not const LPBYTE! This makes the pointer itself constant not the value pointed to!

    Even const char* is the wrong track. BYTE should be unsigned, so const unsigned char* or const BYTE * (if windows.h is included) may be a way.

    PS: I know that the thread is old, but wrong information should be corrected (Just my 2 cents).

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    Re: Windows API data types + LPCBYTE

    Yes, I agree that wrong information should be corrected.

    LPCBYTE is defined as

    typedef const BYTE *LPCBYTE;
    with BYTE defined as

    typedef unsigned char BYTE;
    Hence LPCBYTE is actually

    typedef const unsigned char* LPCBYTE;
    which can be changed to be

    typedef unsigned char const * LPCBYTE;
    which can be read from right to left as
    a pointer to const unsigned char. ie a non-const pointer to const memory of type unsigned char.

    If it was a const pointer to non-const memory then the definition would be

    typedef BYTE * const CLPBYTE;
    which, from right to left, is const pointer to non-const BYTE (unsigned char).

    For a const pointer to const memory, it would be

    typedef BYTE const * const CLPCBYTE;

    typedef const BYTE * const CLPCBYTE;
    ie const pointer to const BYTE data.
    Last edited by 2kaud; March 8th, 2018 at 07:24 AM.
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