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Debugging a UserControl

Posted on 2000-05-12
Last Modified: 2013-11-26
Originally I created a class module for use with my program. Just recently I ported it over into an ActiveX UserControl so I would have more portablity. But now how can I step through the code line by line as a form calls its properties/methods. Since it used to be a class in my project i just would either place a break line or pause and F8 to step through it. Now its compiled into an .ocx so is there any debugging methods avaialable?
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Expert Comment

ID: 2805413
There is not debugging a compiled OCX.  You will have to include it as a user control if you want to have design time debugging.
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wsh2 earned 50 total points
ID: 2805510
Load the ActiveX Control source code into the IDE.. then from the VB Menu do an Add (Standard.Exe) Project.. add your Control to Form1.. and you are all set to test.. <smile>.

Expert Comment

ID: 2805516
You will have to create a project group with two projects:

1) Your project that uses your control.
2) Your project that is the user control.

You should then be able to perform design-time debugging.
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Author Comment

ID: 2805529
As of now I just added the usercontrol to my exsisting project as jjmartin said.

But rfyl how does your method work? how can I referance the usercontrol in the second project? I wouldn't know how to do what your saying but it sounds interesting, can you give me more detial on you to accomplish this?
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Expert Comment

ID: 2805551
Load the ActiveX Control source code into the VB IDE.. then from the VB Menu do an Add (Standard.Exe) Project.. your control will appear in the toolbox at the bottom of the window (labelled UserControl).. double click on it to add it to Form1.. add whatever code you like.. and you are all set to test.. <smile>.


Expert Comment

ID: 2806239
Sorry, yes - what wsh had said is more or less what I said.

Just by having the two projects loaded in together should mean that your project using the control will reference the other one in design mode.  (As the design-time one will be registered).

Make sure that you right-click your project which is using the control and "Set as start up".


Author Comment

ID: 2812539
worked thanks

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