1.6 Querying for other COM interface pointers

An interface pointer can be queried to discover if the underlying object supports other interfaces. This is done using the function query-interface, passing the interface pointer and the refiid of the interface to query. A refiid is either a foreign pointer to a GUID structure or a symbol naming a COM interface as described in The mapping from COM names to Lisp symbols.

For example, the function below will find the COM interface pointer for itsi-dispatch interface:

(defun find-dispatch-pointer (ptr)
  (query-interface ptr 'i-dispatch))

The macro with-query-interface can be used to query an interface pointer and automatically release it again on exit from a body of code.

LispWorks COM/Automation User Guide and Reference Manual - 23 Mar 2005