Encapsulates the VARIANT data type.
class COleVariant : public tagVARIANT
This data type is used in OLE automation. Specifically, the DISPPARAMS structure contains a pointer to an array of VARIANT structures. A DISPPARAMS structure is used to pass parameters to IDispatch::Invoke.
This class is derived from the VARIANT structure. This means you can pass a COleVariant in a parameter that calls for a VARIANT and that the data members of the VARIANT structure are accessible data members of COleVariant.
The two related MFC classes COleCurrency and COleDateTime encapsulate the variant data types CURRENCY (VT_CY) and DATE (VT_DATE). The COleVariant class is used extensively in the DAO classes; see these classes for typical usage of this class, for example CDaoQueryDef and CDaoRecordset.
For more information on the COleVariant class and its use in OLE automation, see "Passing Parameters in OLE Automation" in the article Automation.