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Timesharing - getting multiple routines to run at once

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I have a MDI application. Each child form has it's own routines. after starting a routine on one form and then starting another routine on another form, the first form routine quits or locks up. I would like to time share between the two. How can I do this - run multiple routines at once?
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Question by:Spikeman
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by:Z_Beeblebrox
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The easiest way is to put DoEvents all over the place. This will give you quasi time slicing. A better way may be to use out of process ActiveX exe's. It may also be possible to multi-thread your application but I have no idea how.

Zaphod.
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rspahitz earned 50 total points
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The easiest way to achieve "time-slicing" or multitasking within a VB app is to add a timer control for each task.

Activate the timer and it runs in its own thread, thereby allowing you to process whatever is in the Timer event procedure.

If you then activate another timer, you can run another thread.

The DoEvents mention in a previous comment would be useful if the thread is doing a large amount of processing, typically inside a loop.
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by:Spikeman
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Thank you. I have timers currently in my code but since I'm monitoring com ports for data it makes putting my routines in a timer difficult as I'm triggering off of the MScomm_Oncomm event. Thanks again!
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by:Spikeman
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Thank you. I do have doevents all over but since I was using the MScomm_Oncomm event to trigger on Com port inputs it kept the focus tied up there. I should of mentioned this in my question. Thanks again.
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