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VB.NET 2.0 error Not accessible in this context because it is Friend.

Posted on 2008-10-03
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I've refferenced a VB6 OCX and I'm calling it with this code:
Imports ORDSABRE_Host

Partial Public Class _Default

    Inherits System.Web.UI.Page
    Protected WithEvents litOne As System.Web.UI.WebControls.Literal

    Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
        Dim SABRE As ORDSABRE_Host.Host
        SABRE = New ORDSABRE_Host.Host

        Dim varResponse As Array
        Dim X As Integer



        SABRE.Area = ""
        SABRE.ID = ""
        SABRE.Suffix = "."

        SABRE.Password = "SEP2008"
        varResponse = SABRE.Send("RES", "G*46", True)
        For X = 1 To CInt(varResponse(0))
            Debug.Print(varResponse(X))
        Next
    End Sub

End Class

I can dim the object and see its methods and properties but it asks me to set the object. When I set the object I get the 'Friend' Error. Whats up.

Chuck
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Does it expect you to set the property directly, may be it has a set method? Or does it have a constructor that accepts the property in question, it may bypass the friend issue.
 
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I think you'll have to come down to my level. I'm not an expert in VB.net only in VB6. I have no idea what you're talking about.

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I don't know anything about this OCX, but may be you cannot set the object using,

SABRE = New ORDSABRE_Host.Host

because the New routine is scoped as Friend in the OCX. If so, then may be there is a method to set or initialize the object, something like,

SABRE = ORDSABRE_Host.Host.CreateInstance

I don't know what the method's name would be. 'CreateInstance' is something I have seen used.


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The idea being that you cannot create the object directly, but instead you set the properties for the object and tell the object to give you an instance based on its properties.

If you are aware of design patterns then think of a Singleton pattern.
http://www.dofactory.com/Patterns/PatternSingleton.aspx

Again, I don't know what your exact issue is or if I am on the right track, but this is what I would be checking.
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