How to work with a .LIB in C++ (IDE:Visual Studio 6)

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    Exclamation How to work with a .LIB in C++ (IDE:Visual Studio 6)

    Hi all, I'm again here to ask help or informations!
    I have to create a wrapper for a .lib using Visual Studio 6.
    I have to do this cause the source of the lib use templates and Visual Studio 6 isn't able to manage them, and I can't use another IDE.

    Here the questions:
    1) I have the library created in Visual studio 2005, I haven't documentation about it, so what can I do?
    2) How can I create a wrapper in C++ for it using Visual Studio 6? (the most important passes)
    3) If I'll find the source, I have to read/study it to be able to create the wrapper?
    4) In my C++ wrapper, I have to create methods that have the same names of the methods library?
    i.e.:
    in the library I have: GetImages(int x, int y);
    if i want to use this method in my C++ wrapper, have to call: .....->GetImages(x,y);

    but HOW can I use the library??

    For example I open the project properties and in the "Linking" tab (or where??) I have to add: mylib.lib!
    We assume that in this .lib I have a method called: isFlat();

    What do I have to write in my .cpp file to use that method??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkanos View Post
    What do I have to write in my .cpp file to use that method??
    You have to #include the appropriate header file(s) for the library. If you don't have the header files, the library is useless.

    And as far as I know, VC++ 6.0 can handle templates, but the support is out of date and possibly buggy.

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    you're going to have to post some code examples. templates are generally just included as source, you can't really "wrap" them in a lib (unless you instantiate every template you'll need and wrap that, which kinda defeats the purpose of having a template in the first place)
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    I asked a wrong question, sorry!!
    I have the source of .lib (now) but Visual Studio 6 can't manage it, because it has some problems to work with some templates.
    I have to create a wrapper for that .lib, so both will be included in another project and can be used by the users.
    Is it possible? How?
    Last edited by Arkanos; 03-30-2007 at 12:15 PM.

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    Some hints??

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