Implement Backtracking in Visual basic

how can i implement backtracking in a Visual Basic program.
give answar with example
amit_mi2Asked:
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abosultanCommented:
what do you mean in backtracking , is it something from linear programming ,or backtracking trace???

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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
One way is to use a stack.  You simply push your current position onto the stack each time you move.  If you need to backtrack then you simply start popping values off the stack.

Here is an example of a collection being used as a stack.  Create a project and add two listboxes and a commandbutton.  Run the app and push the button.  The first listbox will show you the order the items went into the box.  The second listbox will show the order of the items as they come out of the stack...which should be in the reverse order.

Option Explicit

Private stack As New Collection

Private Sub Command1_Click()
    Dim i As Integer
    For i = 1 To 10
        stackPush (i)
        List1.AddItem i
    Next i
    While stackCount() > 0
        List2.AddItem stackPop
    Wend
End Sub

Private Sub stackPush(ByVal newValue As Variant)
    If stack.Count > 0 Then
        stack.Add newValue, , 1
    Else
        stack.Add newValue
    End If
End Sub

Private Function stackPop() As Variant
    If stack.Count > 0 Then
        stackPop = stack.Item(1)
        stack.Remove (1)
    Else
        MsgBox "Stack is Empty", vbCritical, "Error"
    End If
End Function
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
Sorry, I lost a "." in there somehow...

It should be:

    While stack.Count() > 0
        List2.AddItem stackPop
    Wend

~IM
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