Solved

Late bindingan ActiveX component

Posted on 2007-11-21
9
553 Views
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Hi experts,

In Belgium everybody gets an ID card with a chip on it containing basic personal information (name, adress etc.) You can buy a very cheap reader that comes with the necessary ActiveX components to link it to your application. I managed to integrate this into my Access 2003 application and it works just fine.

However, if I run my (compiled) application on a machine where the dll's were not installed, it crashes without mercy. Not all my customers have a reader, so that's no good. I looked into late binding, but that throws me an "ActiveX component can't create object"  error. So my question is, is it possible to do late binding on an ActiveX component?

This is the working code I would like to convert to late binding.
----------------------------
Sub TestEID()
Dim EIDlib1 As New EIDLIBCTRLLib.EIDlib
Dim lhandle As Long

Dim RetStatus As New EIDLIBCTRLLib.RetStatus
Dim MapColPicture As New EIDLIBCTRLLib.MapCollection
Dim MapColID As New EIDLIBCTRLLib.MapCollection
Dim MapColAddress As New EIDLIBCTRLLib.MapCollection
Dim CertifCheck As New EIDLIBCTRLLib.CertifCheck

Dim strName As String
Dim strFirstName1 As String
Dim strBirthPlace As String
Dim strBirthDate As String
Dim strGender As String
Dim strNationality As String
Dim strNationalNumber As String

Dim strStreet As String
Dim strZipcode As String
Dim strMunicipality As String

Dim Pasfoto_Temp As Variant

Set RetStatus = EIDlib1.Init("", 0, 0, lhandle)

Set RetStatus = EIDlib1.GetID(MapColID, CertifCheck)

strName = MapColID.GetValue("Name")
strFirstName1 = MapColID.GetValue("FirstName1")
strBirthDate = MapColID.GetValue("BirthDate")
strBirthPlace = MapColID.GetValue("BirthPlace")
strGender = MapColID.GetValue("Gender")
strNationality = MapColID.GetValue("Nationality")
strNationalNumber = MapColID.GetValue("NationalNumber")

Set RetStatus = EIDlib1.GetAddress(MapColAddress, CertifCheck)

strStreet = MapColAddress.GetValue("Street")
strZipcode = MapColAddress.GetValue("ZIPCode")
strMunicipality = MapColAddress.GetValue("Municipality")

Set RetStatus = EIDlib1.GetPicture(MapColPicture, CertifCheck)
Pasfoto_Temp = MapColPicture.GetValue("Picture")

Set RetStatus = EIDlib1.Exit

MsgBox strName & ", " & strFirstName1 & vbCrLf & _
                      strStreet & vbCrLf & _
                      strZipcode & "        " & strMunicipality & vbCrLf, vbOKOnly
End Sub
---------------------------------

thanks,
Michiel
0
Comment
Question by:altiplano
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 5
  • 3
9 Comments
 
LVL 77

Expert Comment

by:peter57r
ID: 20326495
I don't think i understand the point here.
How does late binding help if the components aren't installed?
0
 

Author Comment

by:altiplano
ID: 20326595
If the card reader isn't installed, the button to read the card should be hidden. I did something similar with Word. If Word is installed, my Access application displays a button that allows the user to merge data into a Word document. With early binding, the application would crash on workstations that do not have Word installed (or a different version).

In the same sence I would think that by using late binding I could prevent the application from crashing on workstations without the card reader.
0
 
LVL 46

Expert Comment

by:tbsgadi
ID: 20326777
Hi altiplano,

You should use conditional compilation

Good Luck!

Gary
0
Online Training Solution

Drastically shorten your training time with WalkMe's advanced online training solution that Guides your trainees to action. Forget about retraining and skyrocket knowledge retention rates.

 
LVL 46

Expert Comment

by:tbsgadi
ID: 20326788
0
 

Author Comment

by:altiplano
ID: 20333086
Thanks Gary,
However, AFAIK conditional compilation is not possible in VBA (Access).
Michiel
0
 
LVL 46

Accepted Solution

by:
tbsgadi earned 500 total points
ID: 20333315
Sorry but I use it in Access all the time!
From the VBA help...

Understanding Conditional Compilation
   

You can use conditional compilation to run blocks of code selectively, for example, debugging statements comparing the speed of different approaches to the same programming task, or localizing an application for different languages.

You declare a conditional compiler constant in code with the #Const directive, and you denote blocks of code to be conditionally compiled with the #If...Then...#Else directive. The following example runs debug code or production code, based on the value of the conDebug variable.

' Declare public compilation constant in Declarations section.
#Const conDebug = 1

Sub SelectiveExecution()
    #If conDebug = 1 Then
        .                ' Run code with debugging statements.
        .
        .
    #Else
        .                ' Run normal code.
        .
        .
    #End If
End Sub

0
 
LVL 46

Expert Comment

by:tbsgadi
ID: 20333320
You can also set it from VBA - Tools - Properties
0
 

Author Comment

by:altiplano
ID: 20333388
Nice, I didn't know that!
It isn't quite the solution I was hoping for,but it certainly is a work around.
regards,
Michiel
0
 
LVL 46

Expert Comment

by:tbsgadi
ID: 20333475
Glad to help!
0

Featured Post

PeopleSoft Has Never Been Easier

PeopleSoft Adoption Made Smooth & Simple!

On-The-Job Training Is made Intuitive & Easy With WalkMe's On-Screen Guidance Tool.  Claim Your Free WalkMe Account Now

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In Part II of this series, I will discuss how to identify all open instances of Excel and enumerate the workbooks, spreadsheets, and named ranges within each of those instances.
Microsoft Access is a place to store data within tables and represent this stored data using multiple database objects such as in form of macros, forms, reports, etc. After a MS Access database is created there is need to improve the performance and…
Access reports are powerful and flexible. Learn how to create a query and then a grouped report using the wizard. Modify the report design after the wizard is done to make it look better. There will be another video to explain how to put the final p…
Polish reports in Access so they look terrific. Take yourself to another level. Equations, Back Color, Alternate Back Color. Write easy VBA Code. Tighten space to use less pages. Launch report from a menu, considering criteria only when it is filled…

734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question