windows-pr

Description

A collection of Windows functions predefined for you via Win32API.  Hence,
the 'pr', for 'Pure Ruby'.

Synopsis

require 'windows/path'
class Foo
   include Windows::Path
   if PathIsRoot.call("C:\\") > 0
      ...
   end
   # or
   if PathIsRoot("C:\\")
      ...
   end
end

Methods

Each of the various files included as part of this package provide a series
of constants corresponding to the equivalent Windows API function and
related numeric constants.  For example, if you require 'windows/path',
you now have PathIsRoot, PathIsUNC, etc, available to you as Win32API
objects in the form of constants.
A wrapper has been provided for each method in order to avoid the
Win32API#call method.  So, instead of PathIsRoot.call(path) you can
invoke it as PathIsRoot(path).  If the original function is lower case
then the wrapper method is lower case as well.  For example, instead of
doing 'Memcpy.call(dest, src, size)' you can do 'memcpy(dest, src, size)'.
Remember boys and girls, if you write PathIsRoot, you're referring to
the constant.  If you write PathIsRoot(), you're calling the wrapper
method.
Boolean methods automatically perform a check for success or failure.  So,
instead of having to do something like 'if PathIsRoot(path) > 0' you can
just do 'if PathIsRoot(path)'.
Files contain related functions, by topic.  For example, the clipboard.rb
file contains clipboard related functions, such as CloseClipboard(), as
well as constants such as CF_TEXT, CF_BITMAP, etc.

Where are the tests, dude?

While I've made some effort to test these functions, there are simply too
many for me to effectively test them all.  We're ultimately talking about
hundreds, if not thousands, of functions, and I don't know what all of them
actually do.  That being said, I will add tests where and when I can.
If you find that I've declared the function prototype wrong for a given
function, please let me know ASAP and I'll fix it.  An example program
demonstrating the problem would be helpful, too.  Or, if you'd just like
to contribute some test cases, that's fine as well.

What's the point?

I became tired of redefining Windows functions over and over whenever I
wanted to use the Win32API package.  I thought it would be very handy to
have them predefined for me in a package with convenient wrapper methods
to boot.
While it's true that Moonwolf has a package on the RAA that includes many
of these functions defined already, there are a few issues with it.  First,
it puts *every* function and constant in one or two files.  That's a waste
of memory, hard to organize & maintain, and impossible to test.  Second,
some of his function declarations are wrong.  Third, some of the functions
I needed for my own projects are missing.  Fourth, there's no gem.  Lastly,
I haven't seen an update in over 5 years, which leads me to believe it is
no longer maintained.

Hey, I'm missing function X!

I have only defined a small subset of the overall Windows API.  It would
take me years to define them *all*.  I defined the ones I needed first,
plus some that I thought would be useful to others.  I will continue to
add functions in my spare time, or (especially) by request.

Bugs

None that I'm aware of.  Please report any bugs on the project page at
http://www.rubyforge.org/projects/win32utils.
The only real bugs you could find are either bad prototype declarations
or bad constant values.  But, please report either.

Known Issues

In some cases the MSDN docs are wrong, and we have to learn it the hard
way.  If you should happen to find a documentation bug on their site,
please contact them and let them know.  They're generally good about fixing
them.
In other cases library functions are not exported by the dll.  For example,
my version of shlwapi.dll does not export the PathIsHTMLFile() function,
despite being well past the minimum version for that dll file.  There is
nothing you or I can do about it short of rebuilding the dll file from
scratch and/or reporting the issue to Microsoft.

Supported Platforms

I only support the Windows NT familiy of Windows, and really only Windows
2000 and later, though I'll make an effort to support NT 4 if there are
any NT 4 related issues and requests to support it.

License

Ruby's

Warranty

This package is provided "as is" and without any express or
implied warranties, including, without limitation, the implied
warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.
(C) 2006, Daniel J. Berger
All Rights Reserved

Author

Daniel Berger