Class Procedure Question (in an ActiveX EXE)

I have an ActiveX EXE class called clsSimulation which has the basic form:

Public Sub StartSimulation(args ...)

    "Show form code"
    "call dll procedure"

End Sub

Public Sub EndSimulation()

    "Unload form code"

End Sub

My question: why can I only pass one argument to the StartSimulation procedure? Ideally, I would like to pass four arguments as:


But VB will not let me ... perhaps their is some basic misunderstanding I have about classes.

Thanks for assistance.
Fred Phelan
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GordonpConnect With a Mentor Commented:
ITs a simple thing really


x.StartSimulation (test_long,test_string)


x.StartSimulation test_long,test_string

placing ( ) round your parameters is only for when you return a value.

for some reason VB lets you away with it if you only have one parameter.

Call x.StartSimulation (test_long,test_string)

also works. But I dont like it. Try it and see.

Hope this helps


I just tested this..

Assuming this:
The Public Sub StartSimulation is a method of your class defined as folows:

Public Sub StartSimulation (str1 as string, str2 as string, str3 as string, str4 as string)

' Do some Stuff

End Sub

You will be REQUIRED to pass 4 arguments...

Maybe I'm missing something...
phalanx777Author Commented:
Ok, I did forget to mention that they are not all strings! I am trying to mix a variety of variables in the call to StartSimulation. But it does not really matter, take this specific example:

Public Sub StartSimulation (test_long as Long, test_string as String)

     "code to manipulate test_long and test_string"

End Sub

Then, remember, this is an ActiveX exe. Go to the project you want to us the AXE in ... check it in under references. Then try the code (say in a button callback)

Private Sub Command1_Click()
    Dim test_long As Long
    Dim test_string As String
    test_long = 999
    test_string = "The test string!"
    Set x = New axe.Class1
    x.StartSimulation (test_long,test_string)
End Sub

You will see that the x.StartSimulation is all in red ... indicating an error and the error message is:

Compile error:

Expected: =

Hopefully that clears things up!


This Procedure declaration requires 1 parameter, with the next three being optional. If Nothing is passed via parameters 2,3+4 the Default Value "None" is placed into them. An Example of useage would be:

call StartSimulation ("X",,"Z")

which would give the result..

varArg1 = "X"
varArg2 = "None"
varArg3 = "Z"
varArg4 = "None"

in the subroutine.

Public Sub StartSimulation _
(Byval varArg1 as Variant, _
Optional Byval varArg2 as Variant = "None", _
Optional Byval varArg3 as Variant = "None", _
Optional Byval varArg3 as Variant = "None")

phalanx777Author Commented:
You hit the nail on the head! Problem solved!

Thanks, Fred

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