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    VB6Porter

    To unify Visual Basic, a VB.NET assembly has been created for consumption by VBA/VB6/tB. It provides access to many VB.NET objects, ie forms, common controls, and common Namespaces.
    Feedback of any sort is welcomed.


    Github: https://github.com/VBForumsCommunity/VB6Porter
    Github: https://github.com/WindowStations/VB6NameSpaces

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    Re: VB.NET forms and controls for VBA/VB6

    Hi,

    Which version of .NET runtime is required to use this?
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    Re: VB.NET forms and controls for VBA/VB6

    It uses legacy framework 2.0 for compatibility out of the box. Targeting 3.5 is also possible. It was developed and compiled with VS2008 architecture edition.

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    Re: VB.NET forms and controls for VBA/VB6

    It's very valuable work. Thank you very much, TTn.

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    Re: VB.NET forms and controls for VBA/VB6

    Thanks, I think the hardest part was figuring out how to use Reflection to return a string representing a Com-exposable class. Then, it all falls into place. It was gratifying to have the code run right away, without much effort after that lol.

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    Re: VB.NET forms and controls for VBA/VB6

    BTW, the VBA environment requires a reference to VB.tlb. The prefix on VBA would be VB.Button, rather than VBCtl.Button, as it is on VB6. I tested this on Office 2007, Office 2016, and Office 2019, 32bit and 64bit.

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    Re: VB.NET forms and controls for VBA/VB6

    The video is too blurry to be useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cidtek View Post
    The video is too blurry to be useful.
    Sounds like your bandwidth is running slow, or this is the first time showing on the local server.
    The HD setting on youtube defaults to auto. Try setting it manually to 1080, ie the gear icon on the bottom right corner that says (HD).

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    Re: VB.NET forms and controls for VBA/VB6

    A form designer has been created to work together with the internal assembly of VB.NET controls.
    The designer can be used as a standalone exe, but it will also be integrated into the VB6Porter addin, so that the designer can insert code and events directly into the module.

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    Re: VB.NET forms and controls for VBA/VB6

    I tested it and it's great.

    Calling components developed in other languages can greatly expand the advantages of VB6-IDE and the scope of application of the VB6 language.

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    Re: VB.NET forms and controls for VBA/VB6

    The designer works well in tests so far. Refinements have been made to integrate the controls more smoothly. The process of laying out controls is virtually identical to vb.net now. Several improvements have been made to the assembly since the first preview.

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    Re: VB.NET forms and controls for VBA/VB6

    Reloading the designer with the new VB6 designer formatting was more challenging than I first estimated, but here is a video showing the usage in action.
    A few components are still not populating the toolstrip items correctly, but I'll sort that out soon enough.


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    Re: VB.NET forms and controls for VBA/VB6

    Forgive me, but have you created a new IDE? That's what I saw in your video ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Episcopal View Post
    Forgive me, but have you created a new IDE? That's what I saw in your video ....
    It's more of an extension to the VB6 IDE, allowing one to design VB.NET forms, controls, and utilize related namespaces. I am working on integrating it seamlessly into the IDE along with the VB6 addin. The integration uses a dll assembly to expose VB.NET classes to VB6. The assembly includes a designer that is referenced by the vb6 addin, so that events can be raised between them to communicate.

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    Re: VB.NET forms and controls for VBA/VB6

    The functions for opening and saving designs will support integration and stand alone use. The selected VB6 class modules can be opened and saved with the integrated designer. The developer will be able to switch between designer and class code. The current limitations are that only one instance of the designer can be running at a time, as SDI.

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    Re: VB.NET forms and controls for VBA/VB6

    Feedback of any kind? You can upload uncompressed files to GitHub. It makes for easier browsing. GitHub auto-zips them when you download a folder.

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    Re: VB.NET forms and controls for VBA/VB6

    VB6Namespaces on twinBasic will be a powerful combination. Already, this new development inspires confidence that tB will reach its goal perhaps earlier than expected.
    Compatibility with VB.NET interop is a major milestone.

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    Re: VB.NET forms and controls for VBA/VB6

    Looks really impressive. Look forward to checking it out when I get some time.
    Treeview with NodeAdded/NodesRemoved events | BlinkLabel control | Calculate Permutations | Object Enums | ComboBox with centered items | .Net Internals article(not mine) | Wizard Control | Understanding Multi-Threading | Simple file compression | Demon Arena


    C++ programmers will dismiss you as a cretinous simpleton for your inability to keep track of pointers chained 6 levels deep and Java programmers will pillory you for buying into the evils of Microsoft. Meanwhile C# programmers will get paid just a little bit more than you for writing exactly the same code and VB6 programmers will continue to whitter on about "footprints". - FunkyDexter

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    Re: VB.NET forms and controls for VBA/VB6

    Quote Originally Posted by Niya View Post
    Looks really impressive. Look forward to checking it out when I get some time.
    It means that you don't like VB6 but you are with us in the Basic world ... thank

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    Re: VB.NET forms and controls for VBA/VB6

    Quote Originally Posted by Episcopal View Post
    It means that you don't like VB6
    Oh I like VB6, I simply like modern Visual Studio versions and .Net a whole lot more.

    Quote Originally Posted by Episcopal View Post
    but you are with us in the Basic world ... thank
    For now. I'm on my last legs with pure Desktop development. Soon I will be using mostly C# doing a mix of web apps and mobile programming. I will also be looking at specific types of software programming outside the MS ecosystem. I should be seeing things like Python and more JavaScript there.
    Treeview with NodeAdded/NodesRemoved events | BlinkLabel control | Calculate Permutations | Object Enums | ComboBox with centered items | .Net Internals article(not mine) | Wizard Control | Understanding Multi-Threading | Simple file compression | Demon Arena


    C++ programmers will dismiss you as a cretinous simpleton for your inability to keep track of pointers chained 6 levels deep and Java programmers will pillory you for buying into the evils of Microsoft. Meanwhile C# programmers will get paid just a little bit more than you for writing exactly the same code and VB6 programmers will continue to whitter on about "footprints". - FunkyDexter

    There's just no reason to use garbage like InputBox. - jmcilhinney

    The threads I start are Niya and Olaf free zones. No arguing about the benefits of VB6 over .NET here please. Happiness must reign. - yereverluvinuncleber

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    Re: VB.NET forms and controls for VBA/VB6

    Quote Originally Posted by Niya View Post
    Looks really impressive. Look forward to checking it out when I get some time.
    Niya, were you able to get the interop GridDisplay to run on tB? I don't have that version of VS to test right now.

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    Niya, were you able to get the interop GridDisplay to run on tB? I don't have that version of VS to test right now.
    Haven't gotten around to this yet. Kinda busy doing about 5 different things lol... What exactly would you like me to test? I'll try to test it asap for you and let you know what happens.
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    There's just no reason to use garbage like InputBox. - jmcilhinney

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niya View Post
    Haven't gotten around to this yet. Kinda busy doing about 5 different things lol... What exactly would you like me to test? I'll try to test it asap for you and let you know what happens.
    I was able to convert your Grid solution file to 2008. It almost appears to work, but did not populate during load or adding items. The only difference in 2008 should be that you "must" implement all. Does that example still work for you to load/add?

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    I was able to convert your Grid solution file to 2008. It almost appears to work, but did not populate during load or adding items. The only difference in 2008 should be that you "must" implement all. Does that example still work for you to load/add?
    Hmmm.....it should work. I'll take a look at the code again as see if I missed anything or if there are any bugs.
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    There's just no reason to use garbage like InputBox. - jmcilhinney

    The threads I start are Niya and Olaf free zones. No arguing about the benefits of VB6 over .NET here please. Happiness must reign. - yereverluvinuncleber

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    Well it works for me using Visual Studio 2019.

    Now the only thing I can think of that might cause issue is the fact that you're using Visual Studio 2008. You see the .Net side of things in that project is targeted to the latest .Net Framework which is 4.7.2. That wasn't in existence when Visual Studio 2008 was released. If memory serves .Net Framework 3.5 was the latest back then. This could be the source of your problem. Try changing the target Framework to 3.5 in the .Net project, compile and then load the VB6 app in the IDE and see if it works. Also, you must run Visual Studio on the .Net side as an administrator so the compiling process can access the registry to write the COM stuff.

    My best advice over all would be to just get Visual Studio 2019. The community edition is fully featured and 100% free.
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    C++ programmers will dismiss you as a cretinous simpleton for your inability to keep track of pointers chained 6 levels deep and Java programmers will pillory you for buying into the evils of Microsoft. Meanwhile C# programmers will get paid just a little bit more than you for writing exactly the same code and VB6 programmers will continue to whitter on about "footprints". - FunkyDexter

    There's just no reason to use garbage like InputBox. - jmcilhinney

    The threads I start are Niya and Olaf free zones. No arguing about the benefits of VB6 over .NET here please. Happiness must reign. - yereverluvinuncleber

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niya View Post
    Well it works for me using Visual Studio 2019.

    Now the only thing I can think of that might cause issue is the fact that you're using Visual Studio 2008. You see the .Net side of things in that project is targeted to the latest .Net Framework which is 4.7.2. That wasn't in existence when Visual Studio 2008 was released. If memory serves .Net Framework 3.5 was the latest back then. This could be the source of your problem. Try changing the target Framework to 3.5 in the .Net project, compile and then load the VB6 app in the IDE and see if it works. Also, you must run Visual Studio on the .Net side as an administrator so the compiling process can access the registry to write the COM stuff.

    My best advice over all would be to just get Visual Studio 2019. The community edition is fully featured and 100% free.
    I'm aware of the framework versions and security tokens. Not a noob lol.
    I had adjusted the solution source code to 3.5, but I don't think 4+ has any special ability in this case.
    The only difference I know of is that in 2008 it's required to implement all. VS 2019 is not a viable solution.
    I have good reasons to avoid VS 2010+ for stable "legacy" production. I will take a look again (at a simpler sample) and see if anything has changed in the cloud on tB's end.

    Oh, I think you got the wrong idea. I just wanted to see if you're approach worked on tB, since it is different than my approach.
    I want to see the advantages or disadvantages of either route.

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    VB6Porter + VB6Namespaces working on a fresh install of Windows 11.

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