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Request #35339 COM "As" behaviour
Submitted: 2005-11-22 21:17 UTC Modified: 2019-12-29 04:22 UTC
From: amir at foresthc dot com Assigned: cmb (profile)
Status: No Feedback Package: COM related
PHP Version: Next Minor Version OS: Windows
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2005-11-22 21:17 UTC] amir at foresthc dot com
In visual basic it is possible to declare a variable as a pointer to a certain type of object, but not instanciate it yet.

I have run into a problem using a 3rd party COM library, where it is neccessary to pass such an empty pointer by ref to a method, in order to get an instance or another class.

Reproduce code:
// This code is not real, it's just to illustrate the problem:

$factory = new COM('Example.Factory');

// Here we have several options, none of which work:
$product = new VARIANT;
$product = new COM('Example.Product');
variant_set_type($product, VT_EMPTY);

// Whatever I have done in the previous lines, this method fails. If it gets an instance of an instance of an object - it fails. If it gets anything that is not of type Example.Product, it fails.

Expected result:
Here is the "equivalent" VB code that works:

Dim objFactory As Example.Factory
Dim objProduct As Example.Product
// Any of these would fail:
Dim objProduct As New Example.Product
Dim objProduct As Variant

Sub Main()
    Set objFactory = new Example.Factory
End Sub

Actual result:
The Create_Product method will fail if it does not recieve the equivalent of the line: "Dim objProduct As Example.Product". Which as far as I can understand, is not possible to supply it with at this point.


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 [2015-01-08 23:55 UTC]
-Package: Feature/Change Request +Package: COM related
 [2019-10-18 11:43 UTC]
-PHP Version: 5.0.5 +PHP Version: Next Minor Version -Assigned To: +Assigned To: cmb
 [2019-10-18 11:43 UTC]
Assigning to cmb as he's the new maintainer for COM
 [2019-12-16 08:55 UTC]
-Status: Assigned +Status: Feedback
 [2019-12-16 08:55 UTC]
Is this feature request still relevant?  It seems to me that this
pattern (having a factory using an out parameter instead of
returning the instantiated object) is rather uncommon, and as such
it might not be worthwhile to add support for it.
 [2019-12-29 04:22 UTC] php-bugs at lists dot php dot net
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