Using a DLL without .a file

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    Using a DLL without .a file

    I have create a DLL with a class in it with DevCpp.

    But my project create also a .a file i have to link in the project of the program which use the DLL.

    I want to create a libaray which can be use with all c++ compileur (DevCpp, MS Visual c++ and free Borland c++).

    Is it possible to create and use a DLL without having to link a .a (or.lib) file?
    And how?
    Do you have a very simple example source code (because i am a beginner)?

    Thanks.

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    Look up LoadLibrary( ) on MSDN.
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    Re: Using a DLL without .a file

    Originally posted by greg2
    I have create a DLL with a class in it with DevCpp.

    But my project create also a .a file i have to link in the project of the program which use the DLL.

    I want to create a libaray which can be use with all c++ compileur (DevCpp, MS Visual c++ and free Borland c++).

    Is it possible to create and use a DLL without having to link a .a (or.lib) file?
    And how?
    Do you have a very simple example source code (because i am a beginner)?

    Thanks.
    Here's some sample code using LoadLibrary() that XSquared said:
    PHP Code:
    HANDLE hDLL;

    hDLL LoadLibrary("file.dll"); 

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