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Is the use of a COM object in a c# program considered 'unsafe' code ?

Does the method that calls the COM object need the 'unsafe' keyword ?

Is code that calls a COM object considered unmanaged?

Is 'unsafe' code the same as unmanaged code ?
Jul 21 '05 #1
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1. Yes. A COM object does not run under the CLR. It is not managed,
therefore it is unsafe.

2. I'm not sure. Someone smarter than I am can tell you whether the
method that calls the COM object needs the 'unsafe' keyword. I know
that the code that calls the automatically-generated Interop.dll does
_not_ need the 'unsafe' keyword. However, if you're writing your own
interop, I don' t know.

3. No. .NET code that calls a COM object is managed because it runs
under the CLR (all .NET code is compiled to IL and runs under the CLR).
"Unmanaged" refers to code running native on your PC, outside the
bounds of the CLR.

4. No. All unmanaged code is unsafe. However, some managed code,
running under the CLR, can also be unsafe. This is what the 'unsafe'
keyword is for: to signal to the compiler that you know you are about
to use language constructs that may bypass security checks and are
therefore 'unsafe'.

However, all non-.NET (unmanaged) code runs native on the machine, not
under the CLR, so it cannot be subject to the CLR's security framework,
and is therefore by definition 'unsafe'.

Jul 21 '05 #2
Unsafe code is not the same as unmanaged code. Unsafe mean that pointers
will be used. You can have for example an array and performs memory
manipulation on it with a pointer: this code is totally managed but is
unsafe because a pointer is involved.

For COM object, you do not make direct call to it but instead make call to
the COM Interoperability assembly; so even if you have a method that make
*call* to a COM object, this method is still safe because it doesn't make
the real call to the COM object itself.

For a more accurate description of managed data, unmanaged code and unsafe
code, you can start by reading the following short document and after that,
search the web for "interoperability" :

http://www.intel.com/software/produc...cs/interop.pdf

S. L.

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Is the use of a COM object in a c# program considered 'unsafe' code ?

Does the method that calls the COM object need the 'unsafe' keyword ?

Is code that calls a COM object considered unmanaged?

Is 'unsafe' code the same as unmanaged code ?

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