I would like to seek some advice as in general terms how proceed with my current program, written as a MFC Dialog (C++) application in Visual Studio .Net.
I have developed it over the last few months as an application which creates its own internal database a large array of a user defined structure. I can access this data by two means; by name or index (0 to n).
Now I need to provide an interface to this array (database) so that I can write other applications to use this database along side my program.
So my question is
What sort of interface should I provide?
How to implement it? i.e. do I need to protect the data during access etc
I have never written any DLLs, just used them, also currently think of using the database item name as the access key and would like the option to write these programs in C or C++, so I question the use of CString as the database names are held in a CStringArray.
Any comments greatly appreciated.