Drawing Boxes in Visual Basic 6

Hi Experts!

I've written dozens of Visual Basic programs in my life but never touched graphics programming and I want to be able to draw on a form just boxes, rows and columns of boxes depending on the parameters I set. It could be a 10 x 10 set of boxes, a 50 x 100 set of boxes, etc. I have no idea how to do this. Can you help?

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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
Here Picture1 is a PictureBox.
Option Explicit
Private Declare Function TextOutW Lib "gdi32.dll" (ByVal hdc As Long, ByVal x As Long, ByVal y As Long, ByVal lpString As String, ByVal nCount As Long) As Long

Private Sub Command1_Click()
Picture1.Line (500, 500)-(4000, 500), vbRed
Picture1.Line (4000, 3000)-(4000, 500), vbGreen
Picture1.Line (500, 3000)-(4000, 3000), vbBlue
Picture1.Line (500, 3000)-(500, 500)

Picture1.CurrentX = 750
Picture1.CurrentY = 750
Picture1.FontSize = 16
Picture1.Print "Some text inside a box"

End Sub

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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
Here's a project.
Ed MatsuokaPartner/Senior IT SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Hi Martin!

Here is what I want to do. I have data, anywhere from 50 by 50 to 500 by 5000 that I want to be able to display graphically as either a GREEN box (GOOD) , a YELLOW box (NEUTRAL) or a RED box (BAD). I wrote one in Excel using cells and it was ridiculously slow so I think VB6 should be much faster.

Any ideas!
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NorieAnalyst Assistant Commented:

How did you do it in Excel?
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
Try this workbook which colors cells in A1:F13 if the value is 1, 2 or 3. It uses Conditional Formatting.
Ed MatsuokaPartner/Senior IT SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I will! Here is my solution in Excel. It works well but when I get to 10,000 it gets slow. If I use it I will zoom the view depending on
how many rows/columns I am showing but I still suspect a graphic plot would be faster. What do you think?
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
Did you see my workbook?
Ed MatsuokaPartner/Senior IT SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Yes, just getting ready to go home but I will check it out in the next couple of days.

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Ed MatsuokaPartner/Senior IT SpecialistAuthor Commented:
I was looking for a "Visual Basic" graphics solution. Martin's solution works great but wasn't the ideal I'd hoped for since (and I certainly could be wrong about this) I think a graphics solution would be faster and more easier scalable.
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
I’m glad I was able to help.

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Ed MatsuokaPartner/Senior IT SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Great, I'll check them out.
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