My situation is this:
I have a form with a single Listbox control on it. During run-time the form is made into several new instances of that form. I do this by:
Dim FormInstances() as Form1
ReDim FormInstances(1 to 3) as Form1
Set FormInstances(1) = New Form1
Set FormInstances(2) = New Form1
Set FormInstances(3) = New Form1
The Listbox control that resides on these forms holds about 4,000 different items (which is displayed to the user). These 4,000 items are loaded from disk. When I create a new instance of Form1 I must refill the ListBox with these 4,000 items. Is there a better way to have these 4,000 items already filled in when I create a new instance or must I ".AddItem" for each of these items when I create a new instance? When I create a new instance (which puts the 4,000 items into the new form's Listbox each time) on my Pentium II 300 MHz it takes about 15 secs to complete the entire task. On my 486 system it takes a WHOPPING 2 mins to complete the entire task (just for the 1 new instance!). There has got to be a way to have the Listbox control already filled in with these items.
I read that there are Data Controls that can fill an entire Listbox with a data table automatically. And I can even set a feature to have that database automatically update itself and all its "bounded" Listbox controls (from the other instances) when I simply change an item contained in the Listbox. The only problem I have seen with this is that it doesn't look like you can get access to a Data Control that is defined on a separate form. I was hoping to define the Data Control object on a unique form (non-instanceable Form different in look and behavior to the instanced ones. Consider it the PARENT form that creates the Form instances) and then get access to it when I create a Form instance. It looks like a Data Control can only be defined and accessed in the Form you are currently working with. You cannot get access across Forms automatically.
Is it best to put in the time to fully understand Databasing and use this to solve my problem(s) or is there a much easier way of figuring things out (maybe a technique I don't know about or haven't even considered)?
I want to create be able to create instances of a form which contains a Listbox that is AUTOMATICALLY filled with a HUGE amount of items that I preloaded in earlier into the original Form (who was instanced). I do not want to have that SLOW delay of windows copying each item 1-by-1 into the new instanced Form's Listbox. As I said earlier, on a 486 this takes in upwards of 2 mins to complete just the copying process into the Listbox.