More P/Invoke Help

One of the first things I really hammered with .NET 1.0 back in late 2000 was P/Invoke. I was used to Java, but IMO, Java always had a fatal flaw - language design hubris. Java is perfect, and C is garbage, therefore, everything should be converted to Java, or so it seemed anyway. That philosophy trickled down to how Java used existing C code - JNI (at the time) wasn't a way for Java to call C code as much as it was a way for *YOU* to write a "clean" and extensive wrapper worthy of being called by Java so that Java wouldn't have to dirty its hands with the "bad" C code. At the time, I was extremely skeptical about .NET, but one thing I did like is that it readily admitted that the enitre world was not in .NET and there was plenty of "legacy" code written in C that was.. *gasp* ... usable and useful! Furthermore, it cooperated with said C code and even had a very simple (relatively speaking) way of calling it. But a lot of people weren't used to P/Invoke, although it was similar in concept to using Declare statements in VB (just more powerful). I was really taken by how comprehensive P/Invoke was, but people who weren't used to looking at C code had a hard time translating calls. I remember writing a little tool called P/I-Spy that would take C function prototypes and convert them to P/Invoke, or do the same work via a step-by-step wizard that allowed you to describe the call. The problem is that I wanted to create a comprehensive database of calls for the Win API, and I just didn't have the time, so I was happy when someone else took up the mantle and created At that point, I let the tool slide completely and have never touched it since.

However, Microsoft just launched a tool of their own. You can find it here:, and it has some really cool features, among them, the ability to convert volume code.