Create DLL with VB5

Posted on 1998-08-24
Last Modified: 2011-09-20
How an I create a NORMAL (not ActiveX) DLL with VB5.0 EE?


Declare MyFun lib "xxx.dll" (x as xxx) as xxx
in the declaration part of my module

xxx = MyFun(x)

to be the only lines of code I need to write to get the function working.
Question by:polygon
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It is not possible to create a "classic" DLL under VB5.

You could create an OLE 2 Server exporting classes, and within those classes, showing your functions.

I will find a sample and post it for you.
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NB : I have a sample, you can find it on my web site : 

Download the Gradient TitleBar. It is a complete VB Source code implementing gradient in the titlebar.

It is in fact an Active DLL exporting a class (class_TitleBar).
In the sample, we add a reference to this Active DLL, and in code, we create a variable of this class :
   Private m_cT As New class_TitleBar

After that, you can call functions inside :
   m_cT.Picture = picLogo
   m_cT.GradientForm Me

You can call this DLL from every langage supporting OLE2 (Delphi, Office, Powerbuilder...). One restriction is that you need to install the Runtime DLL of VB5

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It is not possible with VB (waty's example is an activex dll).
However, there is an application that will allow you to write true dlls using a BASIC syntax.  Check out PB/DLL from power basic (

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EWWW Stay away, FAR AWAY, from Powerbasic.  It's unstable, and produces DLLs that are unstable.

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I would except the GFA Basic no longer exists (in the US, at any rate).

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