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    VB6 Hangman Code Help

    Hey,
    So I'm coding a Hangman game, and currently it works perfectly. However I need the game to show a hint for its respective word. How do I manage to do this? The words are in a separate text file which VB6 reads.

    I was wondering if on a separate text file I write the hints and somehow make it come with every word, but I really don't know how to code it.

    Any help will be appreciated, thanks.

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    Re: VB6 Hangman Code Help

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    Why not just add the hint to the existing text file, comma delmited: Word, Hint
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    Re: VB6 Hangman Code Help

    Thanks for the welcome hah )

    I don't quite understand the concept, but let's see.
    So my text file is written like this:
    "Happy"
    "Calm"

    So with what you said, will it look like:
    "Happy, insert hint here"
    "Calm, insert hint here"

    My question is wouldn't the hint also be converted as a word the player has to guess, unless I'm missing something here...?

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    Re: VB6 Hangman Code Help

    You can use VB's Line Input statement to read the line (probably what you're doing now). Then locate the comma in that line (VB's InStr function), and separate the hint from the word using Left$ (word) and Mid$ (hint). You'll be using two variables, one to hold the hangman word and one for the hint

    Edited: Air code follows
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    ... fNr is the file number of the word list
    ... use whatever method you are for selecting which line in the text file to use
    
        Dim sWord As String, sHint As String
        Dim lPos As Long
    
        Line Input #fnr, sWord
        lPos = InStr(sWord, ",")
        If lPos = 0 Then   ' no hint and done
            ' sHint is blank/null string, sWord contains the hangman word
            ' do whatever else you may need to do
        Else
            sHint = Trim$(Mid$(sWord, lPos + 1))
            sWord = Left$(sWord, lPos - 1)
        End If
    
        ' set up your hangman display
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    Re: VB6 Hangman Code Help

    Or, instead of using Line Input, you might be able to just use Input, like
    Input #file, Word, Hint

    If the file contains lines as you've shown, the first word should be read into word, and the second phrase should be read into Hint.

    Just be aware that for this to work you would have to have a hint for every word, and the hint couldn't contain a "," unless you enclosed the hint in quotations marks.

    LaVolpe's suggestion could be more robust in that sense, since you wouldn't need to have a hint for every word and could handle the cases where there wasn't one because you wouldn't find the "," in the line read from the file.
    Last edited by passel; May 21st, 2018 at 10:22 AM.

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    Re: VB6 Hangman Code Help

    Ohh ok!! I got it, thanks for the help!

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