Property Bag

I have some VB6 DLL's that we really want to use as is again.  The problem as is is that the DLL's use PropertyBag objects as input parameters.  I have been trying to create serializable objects that I can then load into the property bag but this does not work...or atleast it does not seem to work and they don't even really seem to be the same thing.

Does anyone have any ideas on how this can be done without editing the VB6 DLL's.  I really only want to do this as a last resourt.

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Justin_WConnect With a Mentor Commented:
One possible workaround might be to add one (or a few) utility functions to the VB6 DLL that accept more "compatible" params and create/return a PropertyBag.  Then you could use the new functions to create the right params without actually creating a PropertyBag directly.
Bob LearnedConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I think that you will find that you will continually struggle with this, since you are trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.  You could probably make it fit, but it will take a very large hammer:)

PropertyBag is VB6 is not a text object, but is a binary object.  You would need to create the exact same binary representation.  My only suggestion would be to do what you don't want to do, and that is modify the VB6 code to make your life easier in the long run.

Bob LearnedCommented:
Another good suggestion:)  One that proves that leaving the VB6 code intact is not a good idea in this situation.

> One that proves that leaving the VB6 code intact is not a good idea in this situation.
:) Both amusing and correct, Bob.
egibsonAuthor Commented:
Well, I think I got this one worked out.  You can use the VBRUN.PropertyBag object to get the just back and forth but it is a pain.  I think the end result will be to adjust the VB6 code to take a string of XML which can then be broken down back into a property bag if you so wanted or manipulated directly.

We experimented with both approacess and they look to be about equal.  Both suck!!!

Anyways, thanks for the suggestions,
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