I am not getting the answers back from my DLL calls. Here are the simple C# functions. Not sure why I am not getting the correct answers. I can DLL import kernel32d.dll and can call getTickCount() just fine. Just not my home grown DLL. Any insight would be appreciated.



using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

namespace wpa1
    public class Class1
        public string func1(string strIn)
            char[] letters = { 'A', 'B', 'C' };
            string alphabet = new string(letters);
            return alphabet;
        public float add(float a, float b)
            return a+b;

Here is the Mathematica

ReinstallNET["Force32Bit" -> True];
fullDllPath = 
  "c:\\users\\owner\\documents\\visual studio \
  "c:\\users\\owner\\documents\\visual studio \
add1 = DefineDLLFunction["add", fullDllPath, 
   "float", {"float", "float"}];
func1 = DefineDLLFunction["func1", fullDllPath, 
   "float", {"float", "float"}];
obj = NETNew["wpa1.Class1"];
stback = obj.func1 ("hi there")
a = obj.add ({1.2, 2.1})

Here is the output in Mathematica:


"hi there" (NETLink`Objects`NETObject$192170795466753).Function[Null, 
   If[NETLink`DLL`Private`checkArgCount["func1", {##1}, 2], 
    Wolfram`NETLink`DynamicDLLNamespace`DLLWrapper2`func1[##1], \
$Failed], {HoldAll}]

{HoldPattern[stback] :> 
  "hi there" (NETLink`Objects`NETObject$192170795466753).Function[
     Null, If[NETLink`DLL`Private`checkArgCount["func1", {##1}, 2], 
      Wolfram`NETLink`DynamicDLLNamespace`DLLWrapper2`func1[##1], \
$Failed], {HoldAll}]}

{1.2 (NETLink`Objects`NETObject$192170795466753).add, 
 2.1 (NETLink`Objects`NETObject$192170795466753).add}

1 Answer 1


There are some minor errors that need to be corrected:

  1. The main problem is that C# methods must be called using the syntax obj@Method[args]. The C#-looking expression obj.func1("hi there") will be interpreted as the (nonsensical) Mathematica expression Dot[obj, func1 * "hi there"].
  2. The arguments to add must be passed as individual arguments instead of as a list.
  3. There is no need to use DefineDLLFunction at all. LoadNETAssembly automatically defines all assembly types along with their members. DefineDLLFunction is used to define entrypoints in unmanaged DLLs, e.g. from C or C++. (Incidentally, but irrelevant to the present example: the argument and return type declarations of func1 were incorrect and the definition of the C# function add was being assigned to the symbol add1 instead of the symbol add which was used later.)

The following code applies all of these corrections:


obj = NETNew["wpa1.Class1"];

obj@func1["hi there"]
(* "ABC" *)

obj@add[1.2, 2.1]
(* 3.3 *)
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for that help works like a charm. Thumbs up WReach!! $\endgroup$ Jan 15, 2017 at 20:00

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