Function Attributes

The [callback] and [local] attributes can be applied as function attributes.

A callback is a remote call from server to client that executes as part of a conceptual single-execution thread. A callback is always issued in the context of a remote call (or callback) and is executed by the thread that issued the original remote call (or callback).

It is often desirable to place a local procedure declaration in the IDL file, since this is the logical place to describe interfaces to a package. The [local] attribute indicates that a procedure declaration is not actually a remote function, but a local procedure. The MIDL compiler does not generate any stubs for functions with the [local] attribute.

It is important to note that the use of [callback] is not recommended in multi-thread programming. As a single-thread programming function, it is not equipped to support the security demands a multi-thread environment provides.