Lightweight Controls

Posted on 1998-11-23
Last Modified: 2013-12-26
Hi, what does "lightweight" mean? [Does it just mean "smaller in size"?] How do you make an ActiveX control "lightweight" ?
Question by:totoro030898
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kamall earned 120 total points
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Lightweight controls are those controls that does not contain many properties, methods or objects inside (such as forms or other controls). They also involve 'light' code, that is code segments that do not perform many operations such as API calls for a given method.
Lightweight controls are generally small in size but this is not a rule.
Hope that helps.

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ID: 1488462
Thks! I hope you don't mind me asking another one : Would controls made using C generally more lightweight than those made usin VB? If so, why?

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ID: 1488463
I don't mind at all totoro.
But, to be honest, I can not offer a fair answer on that one because I don't know C. However, from my experience, I could see that controls made in C are generally 'lighter' than those made in VB, although you can not compare two controls that are completely different.
The first thing you can see when loading a control on your form is that a control made in C will load more quickly that those made in VB. In addition, controls made in C have dependencies on the native C and windows libraries, while those made in VB need the VB runtime library that have imports from the C and Win DLLs, i.e they have an additional layer of dependency.
Hope that helps.

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ID: 1488464
Thanks! that really helps :)

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