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  • Question

  • Hi,

    I'm trying to store a series of WriteOnlyArray objects:

    WriteOnlyArray<unsigned char,1U>^* pMessages=new WriteOnlyArray<unsigned char,1U>^[10];

    The compiler throws a "array of handles is not allowed" error.

    I've also been trying to store these on a std:queue using ->push with no success... I think these two problems are related.

    Why isn't an array of handles allowed, and how to store an array of WriteOnlyArray s?

    Sunday, July 15, 2012 5:46 AM

All replies

  • Why don't you create an Array of WriteOnlyArray?


    Sunday, July 15, 2012 2:32 PM
  • I bet it is due to ^ pointers needing reference counting support and plain C++ arrays not being ref counting friendly.
    Sunday, July 15, 2012 8:29 PM
  • Hi Todd2010,

    From the MSDN documentation, we find these statement: “C++/CX supports authoring function parameters whose type is a read/write array (Platform::Array) or a write-only array (Platform::WriteOnlyArray). You can't define a WriteOnlyArray array, but you can declare a function parameter type as WriteOnlyArray so that the Windows Runtime can efficiently pass an Array by reference.”  For more information about defining and declaring WriteOnlyArray in C++/CX, please refer to this page: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh700105(v=vs.110).aspx.

    The following code fragment declares a function whose first parameter is a WriteOnlyArray<T>. The function is called by using an Array<T> object even though the function parameter type is WriteOnlyArray<T>:

    using namespace Platform;

    void MyFunc2(WriteOnlyArray<int>^ a, int* actual) {

        *actual = 0;

        if (ai->Length > 2) {

            a[0] = 0;

            a[1] = 1;

            *actual = 2;



    int main() {

        int used = 0;

        auto ai = ref new Array<int>(5);

        MyFunc2(ai, &used); // Array<T>^ has an implicit conversion to WriteOnlyArray<T>^

        return used;


    Best regards,


    Jesse Jiang [MSFT]
    MSDN Community Support | Feedback to us

    • Proposed as answer by Jesse Jiang Thursday, July 19, 2012 6:56 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by Todd2010 Thursday, July 19, 2012 7:17 AM
    Monday, July 16, 2012 11:18 AM
  • Hi Jesse,

    Thanks for the reply, but this is not related to my question.  However, you are right that you can't explicitly declare a WriteOnlyArray.

    I receive the same error if I try to declare an array of "Array".

    Likewise, the std::queue->push method refuses to take either an Array or WriteOnlyArray as a type... my question is 'why'?


    Thursday, July 19, 2012 7:19 AM
  • Hi Todd2010,

    I have tried the following lines. These codes can be compiled successfully:

    	Array<unsigned char>^ chararray;
    	chararray=ref new Array<unsigned char>(10);
    	queue<unsigned char>* q= new queue<unsigned char>;
    While the complication may be fail if the type of the queue element is Array or WriteOnlyArray. Please refer to the following codes:
    	Array<unsigned char>^ chararray=ref new Array<unsigned char>(3);
    	queue<Array<unsigned char>^>* qa= new queue<Array<unsigned char>^>;
    	qa->push(chararray);//error C2664
    	queue<WriteOnlyArray<int>^>* qw=new queue<WriteOnlyArray<int>^>;
    	auto ai = ref new Array<int>(10);
    	qw->push(ai);//error C2664
    I hope this reply is helpful to you.
    Best regards,

    Helen Zhao [MSFT]
    MSDN Community Support | Feedback to us

    Thursday, July 19, 2012 8:55 AM