simple OOP question

Hi....

I have an OOP question.   Suppose I have created a class that loads and parses an XML file.  All of the xml data resides in arrays.  The class method that reads the data is private.  At runtime, I create an instance of my xml_parser class and populate the arrays.  I have also built another class that requires the use of these arrays.  How do I gain access to these variables?  Do I have to make my xml_parser method public?  When I create my other class instance and make a call to it....I tried passing the xml instance in to it.

ex...

xmlClass = new xml_parser()

myClass = new OtherClass(xmlClass)

how is this suppose to work?


thanks,

knoxxx
JohnnyKnoxvilleAsked:
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AzraSoundCommented:
You need to make the array's items publicly accessible via properties or the like, e.g.,


Public Property Get ArrayItem(ByVal Index As Long) As String
    ArrayItem = m_myprivatestringarray(Index)
End Property
Mike TomlinsonHigh School Computer Science, Computer Applications, and Mathematics TeachersCommented:
Here is how to return an entire array with a property:

In Class1:
Private someArray() As String

Private Sub Class_Initialize()
    Dim a As Integer
   
    ' Put some simulated data in our array
    ReDim someArray(Int(Rnd * 24) + 1)
    For a = 0 To UBound(someArray)
        someArray(a) = Chr(Int((122 - 97 + 1) * Rnd + 97))
    Next a
End Sub

Property Get someArrayData() As Variant
    someArrayData = someArray
End Property

In Form1:
Private Sub Form_Load()
    Dim c As Class1
    Set c = New Class1
   
    Dim s() As String
    Dim a As Integer
   
    s = c.someArrayData
    For a = 0 To UBound(s)
        Debug.Print s(a)
    Next a
End Sub

Here is how to pass one class to another:

In Class2:
Private c As Class1

Public Property Set passClass1(ByRef newC As Class1)
    Set c = newC
End Property

Private Sub doSomethingWithClass1()
    Dim s() As String
    Dim a As Integer
   
    s = c.someArrayData
    For a = 0 To UBound(s)
        debugprint s(a)
    Next a
End Sub

Regards,

Idle_Mind

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Mike TomlinsonHigh School Computer Science, Computer Applications, and Mathematics TeachersCommented:
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