I found that Richard, MSDN is the first thing I go to. There is a wealth of stuff with examples (that actually are only part complete) in there. None of it seems to work!
From your link:
A slider control notifies its parent window of user actions by sending the parent WM_HSCROLL or WM_VSCROLL messages, depending on the orientation of the slider control. To handle these messages, add handlers for the WM_HSCROLL and WM_VSCROLL messages to the parent window. The OnHScroll and OnVScroll member functions will be passed a notification code, the position of the slider, and a pointer to the CSliderCtrl object.
It just seems to back up everything I have done so far. I am trying unsuccessfully to catch the ON_HSCROLL and ON_VSCROLL messages in the parent wiondow just as MS says. I know I can parse out the info once I have caught the message, it's getting the message to land that I can't do even though I seem to be doing exactly what they say.
Looking at CDialog, it does not look like it implements the OnXScroll methods, so one wonders whether it just ignores scroll messages. I'm not sure quite how to get round that (years since I did MFC), but in Win32 I would probably subclass the Dialog control and use my own message handler.
I seem to have at least found a way of doing what I want, even though it does not explain to me what I am really doing wrong here. I have defined a custom message and can send this on to the dialog from within the custom slider at an opportune point. I pass the ID and the value I want as its parameters. I can then catch the custom message in my dialog message handler just as I should be able to and process it from there.
I would still like to know why I can't get to grips with the ON_VSCROLL way of doing this as every link I find tells me I should be able to do this as the standard method. I take your point that CDialog doesn't seem to support OnXScroll, but it's a mystery as to why everyone seems to tell you that is the way to do it. Thanks for your time and efforts Richard, even though we still seem to have only half a picture it's greatly appreciated.
In the derived CRotarySlider class at a relevant point in my positioning calculation:
int iID = ::GetDlgCtrlID(::GetFocus());
GetParent()->SendMessage(IDM_SLIDER_CHANGE, iID, nPos);
In the Dialog class that the control is used in:
Added to the message map:
And handler function:
LRESULT CGm36NewPatchDlg::OnSliderChange(WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam)
// DO WHAT IS NEEDED
// DO WHAT IS NEEDED
// ADD MORE AS REQUIRED
LRESULT lr = 0;
There are still aspects to tidy up which may not be best coding practice but that works at the moment.
If you are compiling for windows > VISTA you can actually stop the message going to the dialog at all and directly handle it within the slider using the extended flag WS_EX_NOPARENTNOTIFY style. Useful for making owner draw (skinned) sliders.
It isn't clear to me if you are trying to get the slider to change something directly on it's control (owner draw skin) or if you are changing something in the dialog viewport so it may or may not be useful depending what you are doing.
I know for example that WinTweaks has its thumb part of it's scrollbar animated, I used to love the flame one
Thanks Leon that's great advice. What I'm actually doing is to replace the linear slider appearance with a custom rotary knob within my CRotarySlider class (inheriting from CSliderCtrl and based on simple bitmaps for the background, knob and marker dot). As usual, the user grabs and drags to reposition the knob. That part works absolutely fine. I then needed to handle the change of knob position in the dialog class so was trying to catch the VSCROLL, which as you know I can't seem to do.
As I now have it, the calculations to do with conversion from mouse position to control value are taken care of in the CRotarySlider class itself and the finalised control value needs to be passed out to the Dialog class. As I said I have managed to do this with a custom message.
I have used the basic DDX setup in the past but it was so long ago I couldn't accurately remember the ins and outs of it but it does occur to me that I may be missing something glaringly obvious in that direction.
I'll certainly look into your suggestions, thanks for the heads up, they are greatly appreciated.
Okay so the thing you are trying to make is a Radial Control or sometimes called a radial gauge (although gauge tends to imply display only)
Can't you just push out the messages as standard scrollbar messages using PostMessage with the handle being your parent window. I mean in standard native Win32 I would do this if I wanted to FAKE a WM_VSCROLL or WM_HSCROLL lets assume your dial is handle is hwnd and a position pos.
HWND myParent = GetParent(hwnd); // Standard API call to get a windows parent
PostMessage(myParent, WM_VSCROLL, MAKEWPARAM(SB_THUMBPOSITION, pos), (LPARAM)hwnd); // Standard scrollbar fake message posted to my parent
As we are faking it I wouldn't use SendMessage as it might go re-entrant (you post off to the dialog and it posts back and around in circles it would go).
I can't see how MFC could get that wrong as there message pump is still using PeekMessage from the standard windows queue.
I use VS98 with MFC42, which is badly documented on advance features. However, it gets me trough most issues. Spy can show you which function dumps your message into the 'BitBin' underneath your Desk.
You are apparently of a generation that is un-aware of the Windows SDK.
In the SDK, messages were handled in the Actual Window Procedure, or, bounced to the Parent or Child Window Procedure.
This was reflected in that Unhandled Messages were referred to the 'DefaultWndProc(...)'
That Parent-Child relation is Similar To, but Incompatible with, the CPP Inheritance Model.
MFC Simplifies all this with thin but, powerful wrappers.
These Wrappers do as much of the hard work, as can be expected.
Now, when things go wrong, VS98 was provided with Powerful Tools.'Spy' is just One of them. Do Not forget, At One stage these compilers and Tools were used by Microsoft to develop code for the various Windows Versions.
In order to use MFC correctly, I suggest reading books about the Windows SDK.
The linker message is just going to say no body for prototype function found.
The ".H" file contains a prototype header, however the ".c"/".cpp" file contains no body code for that prototype.
So the compiler will basically see a forward declaration of a prototype which it will connect but when it gets passed to the linker it can't match the forward declaration to a code body and so it will report that accordingly.
The MSDN blog describes the problem they forgot to cull the prototype header before they got locked for compiler release.
I am using CCriticalSection and CSingleLock for synchronization purpose.
Is there a mechanism to test the synchronization object to know whether it is locked from another thread?
That is, I don't want to enter the lock, but just want to know whether the synchronization object is locked or not without blocking my code.