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I am watching at this page -> https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd371301(v=vs.85).aspx

HRESULT CreateStrokeStyle(
  [ref]          const D2D1_STROKE_STYLE_PROPERTIES &strokeStyleProperties,
  [in, optional] const FLOAT                        *dashes,
                       UINT                         dashesCount,
  [out]                ID2D1StrokeStyle             **strokeStyle
);

notice the second optional argument followed by two non-optional ones...how in the world am I supposed to use the function without passing the second argument, if it is on the middle?! x_x

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That optional argument "const FLOAT *dashes" is a pointer. Means you can either supply actual data - array with dashes lengths, or not supply anything. For pointers/arrays that means passing zero/nullptr. You can't omit it in a sense of C/C++ optional arguments, but you can some give data or not, that's what "optional" means in this case.

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Note that this is just a convention used in this particular documentation - there's no official "optional argument" in C++, except perhaps the case when you have function overloads with different length argument lists.

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11 minutes ago, Kylotan said:

Note that this is just a convention used in this particular documentation - there's no official "optional argument" in C++, except perhaps the case when you have function overloads with different length argument lists.

I think I was under the assumption that optional referred to C++ "Default arguments" (because they are optional), but indeed not the case

Edited by MarcusAseth

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