hi its me again...

can someone please explain what a class can do? how to call a class?
or if just give me a good link where i can refer to it.

thanks a lot.

I'll do both. Without going into crazy whacky details, a class is basically the base for creating your own objects. In order to do this, you add a "Class Module" to Your VB6 project, and you can build your own object. This object can be anything and do anything... it can have it's own properties, it's own methods, a constructor, and a destructor. In VB you can then instantiate an instance of this class as an object, and use it just like any other object.

and a link:

What is a class?
A class can be defined a structure that is composed of two things:
- Data Members.
- Methods.
A class is designed to be reused, when using a class we dont have to know, how it is designed, we just need to know the interface and methods signatures.

Why using a class in vb?
We use class to create composant that can be reused in other application.
Such example, creating a class that do the following:
- Create an ODBC connection to a Database,
- Create an OLEDB connection,
- Get a recordset from the DB,
- Execute Function (Insert, Update, ...statements)
- Check if a connection status to a DB,...
As you can se this functions are already used to deal with a DB.

How to use a class?
You have to create an instance of that class (called object)
We have a compoent called dataLayer in which there is a class called clsDataLayer, some of it's methods are ODBCConnect,GetDisRecordsetPage...

Dim oData as new datalayer.clsdtalayer
Dim MyCnn as new adodb.Connection

set MyCnn =oData.ODBCConnect("DsnEssai")


Do me a big favor... when you post, use code tags. You can do that like this
dim ADO as object
[ /CODE]

with no spaces between the [ and the word or /. Anyway, it helps to make the posts a little bit more readable, and helps make the post more organized. Thanks.

Also, the main thing about a class is that it is not a module (.bas) file. Like it was already stated, you can create an instance of a class and access all of its public methods and members.

Did that clear everything up, or do you still have questions?


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Are You Saying I Rant? ;)

Maybe the Shaolin of Rant. :cheesy:

Is That A Good Thing, or a bad one?
Uh Oh, I'm being Monitored.... Quick, put away the big black VB book...

Nah, just ran across another thread on here...thought it was pretty funny, actually.

:) Thanx, I have my moments...

:) Thanx, I have my moments...

hi guys!

well until now i cant still figure out how to make classes...
can you give me a basic example of creating a class and how can i use it in my coding? thanks a lot.

check the code snippets to the left there isone in there


If you want to develop a complete Database Application using classes, I would advise you to refer this book Titled:" Develop an Accounting package using vb and SQL server 2000".

You can build a class to access data (through methods) from SQL server, update data, Managing Connection and any business logic you want build in client side.....

I read this book and developed full accounting Client/server package.


Or, Just a simple google search on vb6 class module example turns up quite a bit of good stuff. If you need, I can build one as an example, but there are tons of them out there with a google search.

hi comatose sorry its only now i checked my port here...anyway, i would love you'll give me a simple example together with an explanations. because i just find it hard to build my own class, i have difficulty in understanding the procedure of making it.

thanks a lot.

Hi guys! I'm a newbie here =)
question related to this thread. a module can also be created and re-used across different VB projects. So when is it appropriate to use a class rather than a module?


When we want to reuse a functionality, Classes can be used. A module for instance, could be used for a particular form only.

In an accounting application a Class can be used in the following instances:

a.When we want to access data from a database
b.Log in feature in the application
c.Adding data

In the title "Develop an Accounting Package using VB", i have dealt with this topic in detail....A class has been developed and when we save data into the database, retreive, edit, adding and displaying data. All the financial transactions use the Class - Tran Class.

If you notice, suppose we have a Cash Payment transaction, this transction uses the same class as the Cash Voucher transaction uses. I have dealt with how to design single form, and use the same form for different transactions like CV, CP etc, which is OOPs.

If we use a module, we will need to create separate modules .....

Each entity also can be created as a class.

Class based design forces us to think ahead in terms system design and implenting the requirements in a project and thus save on all resources like time, money etc.


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