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How to read simple text files
Written By TheVBProgramer.
This tutorial describes how you can read text
files in different formats and display them in
your Visual Basic application. The samples here
simply print the output to the main form, but this can easily be
modified to do more advanced things with the text files.
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Since this tutorial uses a framework to test all the code in and
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source code for it than follow along with the tutorial.
Visual Basic provides the capability of processing three types of
files:
sequential files - Files that must be read in the same order in which they were written – one after the other with
no skipping around
binary files - "unstructured" files which are read from or written to as series of bytes, where it is up to the
programmer to specify the format of the file
random files - files which support "direct access" by record number

These three file types are "native" to Visual Basic and its predecessors (QBasic, GW-BASIC, etc.). The
next several topics address VB's sequential file processing capabilities. Binary and Random files will be
covered in later topics.
The following sequential file-related statements and functions will be discussed:

Open Prepares a file to be processed by the VB program.
App.Path Supplies the path of your application
FreeFile Supplies a file number that is not already in use
Input # Reads fields from a comma-delimited sequential file
Line Input # Reads a line (up to the carriage return) from a sequential file
EOF Tests for end-of-file
Write # Writes fields to a sequential file in comma-delimited format
Print # Writes a formatted line of output to a sequential file
Close # Closes a file

As you know, a data file consists of records, which consist of fields. The file that will be used for all
examples in this section is a simplified employee file, which consists of the following fields:

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Field Data Type
Employee Name String
Department Number Integer
Job Title String
Hire Date Date
Hourly Rate Single

Suppose there were five records in the file. A graphic representation of the file populated with the five
data records follows (the field names are not stored in the file):

Employee Name Dept # Job Title Hire Date Hourly Rate
ANDY ANDERSON 100 PROGRAMMER 3/4/1997 25.00
BILLY BABCOCK 110 SYSTEMS ANALYST 2/16/1996 33.50
CHARLIE CHEESEMAN 100 COMPUTER OPERATOR 3/1/1996 15.00
DARLENE DUNCAN 200 RECEPTIONIST 10/11/1998 12.75
ERNIE EACHUS 300 MAIL ROOM CLERK 8/19/1997 10.00

Please note that the data types for these fields are the data types of the variables into which these
fields will be stored. On the sequential file, all fields will be represented as a string of characters.

Following are three different ways that the data in this sequential file might be stored; for example, if
you opened up a sequential data file in a text editor such as Notepad, this is what you might see.

Scenario 1: Comma-Delimited Format

Each field is separated by a comma. Both string and numeric fields are "trimmed" (contain no
extraneous spaces or zeroes). String fields are enclosed in quotes (Note: The quotes enclosing the
string fields are optional, VB and other applications that can read comma-delimited files will access the
string fields properly with or without the quotes. The only time a string field MUST be enclosed in
quotes is when it contains an embedded comma.) If Date fields are enclosed in pound signs (#), VB will
automatically recognize the field as the Date data type. If the Date fields are enclosed in quotes
instead, you need to use the CDate function to convert the date from string format to the Date data
type.

"ANDY ANDERSON",100,"PROGRAMMER",#3/4/1997#,25
"BILLY BABCOCK",110,"SYSTEMS ANALYST",#2/16/1996#,33.5
"CHARLIE CHEESEMAN",100,"COMPUTER OPERATOR",#3/1/1996#,15
"DARLENE DUNCAN",200,"RECEPTIONIST",#10/11/1998#,12.75
"ERNIE EACHUS",300,"MAIL ROOM CLERK",#8/19/1997#,10

Scenario 2: Fixed-Width ("Print" Format)

In some sequential data files, fields are stored in a fixed position. On each record, a particular field
starts and ends in the same position and occupies the same amount of space. In a "print" format file,
each line (record) of the file consists of a formatted "detail line" containing each field (as if the lines
were intended to be printed on a hard-copy report).

In the example below, a column position guide is shown above the records. From the example, it
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should be clear that the employee name occupies positions 1 through 20 of each record (note that
names shorter than 20 characters are padded with blank spaces); the department number occupies
positions 21 through 24; the job title occupies positions 30 through 50; the hire date occupies positions
51 through 60; and the hourly rate occupies positions 61 through 65.

1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6
1...5....0....5....0....5...0....5....0....5....0....5....0....5.
ANDY ANDERSON 100 PROGRAMMER 3/4/1997 25.00
BILLY BABCOCK 110 SYSTEMS ANALYST 2/16/1996 33.50
CHARLIE CHEESEMAN 100 COMPUTER OPERATOR 3/1/1996 15.00
DARLENE DUNCAN 200 RECEPTIONIST 10/11/199812.75
ERNIE EACHUS 300 MAIL ROOM CLERK 8/19/1997 10.00

Scenario 3: Fixed-Width ("COBOL-Style" Format)

Typical of sequential files originating on mainframe computers and processed by languages such as COBOL, fields are stored
one after the other in a continuous string with no distinguishing marks or white space between them. Although some of the
character-string fields can be picked out easily, the numbers are run together and are difficult to interpret unless you know
something about the record. Also, numeric fields containing a decimal portion are typically stored without the decimal point
(they have an implied decimal point). For example, the employee file might look something like this:

1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6
1...5....0....5....0....5...0....5....0....5....0....5....0....5.
ANDY ANDERSON 0100PROGRAMMER 030419972500
BILLY BABCOCK 0110SYSTEMS ANALYST 021619963350
CHARLIE CHEESEMAN 0100COMPUTER OPERATOR030119961500
DARLENE DUNCAN 0200RECEPTIONIST 101119981275
ERNIE EACHUS 0300MAIL ROOM CLERK 081919971000

In the example above, the employee name occupies the first 20 positions of each record; the department number occupies the
next four bytes (note that it contains a leading zero); the job title occupies the next 17 bytes; the hire date (stored in
MMDDYYYY format with no slashes) occupies the next 10 bytes; and finally, the hourly rate occupies the last four bytes of the
record. Note that the hourly rate does not contain a physical decimal point; however, the program that processes this file must
"know" that the decimal point is implied (i.e., "2500" means "25.00"). Given the proper data definition, COBOL can interpret the
implied decimal point just fine; in VB, we have to convert the string "2500" to a number and then divide it by 100. This technique
is shown further below.

VB Statements and Functions for Sequential File Processing

The Open Statement

The Open statement prepares a file to be processed in the VB program. It identifies the Windows-
system file that will be used in the program and assigns the file a file number that will be used to
reference that file for the remainder of the program. The general format is:
Open <filename> [For mode] As [#] <filenumber>

· filename is a legal Windows-system filename, which may include a drive and path; the
filename can be specified in the Open statement as either a string constant or a string variable

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· mode is one of the following three keywords: Input, Output, or Append.

When a file is opened for Input, that file must already exist.

When a file is opened for Output, if it does not exist, it will be created; if it does exist, its previous
contents will be overwritten.

When a file is opened for Append, if it does not exist, it will be created, if it does exist, records
will be added to the file after the last record in the file (the previous contents of the file will not be
overwritten).

The Input # and Line Input # statements may only be used on files opened in the Input mode;
the Write # and Print # may only be used on files open in the Output or Append modes.

· filenumber is an integer from 1 to 511 which is used to associate the Windows-system
filename with a number; this number will be used to reference the opened file in all further VB
file processing statements in the program.

Examples:
Open "C:\Program Files\EmpMaint\EMPLOYEE.DAT" For Input As #1
Open "A:\EMPLOYEE.DAT" For Input As #1


Using App.Path

In order to avoid "hard-coding" the path of a file in your VB program, it is recommended that you use
App.Path to reference the path of the file. This way, as long as the file resides in the same directory in
which your program is running, the correct path will always be referenced.

For example, if both your program and the data file reside in C:\Program Files\EmpMaint, then that is
what App.Path would refer to. So if you concatenate App.Path with a backslash and the name of your
data file, then you have a complete reference for your file, which can be used in the Open statement.

Examples:
Open App.Path & "\EMPLOYEE.DAT" For Input As #1

You could also use a string variable to hold the filename, as in the following example:

Dim strEmpFileName As String
strEmpFileName = App.Path & "\EMPLOYEE.DAT"
Open strEmpFileName For Input As #1

A special situation comes up if your program and the data file reside in the root directory of a drive (for
example A:\). If you concatenate App.Path with a backslash and the filename, you'll come up with an
invalid file reference, such as:

A:\\EMPLOYEE.DAT

To cover both situations and alleviate the pesky "extra backslash" problem, you can use code like the
following (the new statements are shown in bold):
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Dim strEmpFileName As String
Dim strBackSlash As String
strBackSlash = IIf (Right$(App.Path, 1) = "\", "", "\")
strEmpFileName = App.Path & strBackSlash & "EMPLOYEE.DAT"
Open strEmpFileName For Input As #1


Using FreeFile

Instead of hard-coding the file number, you can use the VB function FreeFile to supply you with a file number that is not already
in use by the system. The FreeFile function takes no arguments and returns an integer. To use it, declare an integer variable,
then assign FreeFile to it, as follows:

Dim intEmpFileNbr As Integer
intEmpFileNbr = FreeFile

In the Open statement (and any other statement that refers to this file), use the integer variable rather
than the hard-coded number. For example:

Open strEmpFileName For Input As #intEmpFileNbr

Thus, a "full-blown" procedure to open a sequential file for input might look like this:

Dim strEmpFileName As String
Dim strBackSlash As String
Dim intEmpFileNbr As Integer

strBackSlash = IIf (Right$(App.Path, 1) = "\", "", "\")
strEmpFileName = App.Path & strBackSlash & "EMPLOYEE.DAT"
intEmpFileNbr = FreeFile

Open strEmpFileName For Input As #intEmpFileNbr


The Input # Statement

The Input # statement reads a series of fields (usually one "record's worth") from a comma-delimited
sequential file, and stores the contents of those fields into the specified variables. The general format
is:

Input #<filenumber>, <variable list>

· filenumber refers to the file that was Opened As that number (for Input) in the Open
statement

· variable list is a list of variables, separated by commas, into which the data fields from the file
will be stored

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Example:
Recall the comma-delimited version of the employee file shown earlier:

"ANDY ANDERSON",100, "PROGRAMMER",#3/4/1997#,25
"BILLY BABCOCK",110,"SYSTEMS ANALYST",#2/16/1996#,33.5
"CHARLIE CHEESEMAN",100,"COMPUTER OPERATOR",#3/1/1996#,15
"DARLENE DUNCAN",200,"RECEPTIONIST",#10/11/1998#,12.75
"ERNIE EACHUS",300,"MAIL ROOM CLERK",#8/19/1997#,10

Assume you declare the following variables in your program:
Dim strEmpName As String
Dim intDeptNbr As Integer
Dim strJobTitle As String
Dim dtmHireDate As Date
Dim sngHrlyRate As Single

the statement

Input #intEmpFileNbr, strEmpName, intDeptNbr, strJobTitle, dtmHireDate, sngHrlyRate

would cause ANDY ANDERSON to be stored in strEmpName, 100 to be stored in intDeptNbr, PROGRAMMER to be stored
in strJobTitle, 3/4/1997 to be stored in dtmHireDate, and 25 to be stored in sngHrlyRate the first time that the statement
was executed. The second time the statement was executed, BILLY BABCOCK, 110, SYSTEMS ANALYST, 2/16/1996, and
33.5 would be stored respectively in strEmpName, intDeptNbr, strJobTitle, dtmHireDate, sngHrlyRate; and so on. As VB
reads each field into its respective variable, it automatically performs the conversion to the correct data type (Integer, Date,
Single, etc.). As mentioned earlier, VB will only convert an incoming field to the Date data type if that field is enclosed in pound
signs (#) – if the field was enclosed in quotes, it would be treated as a string and the CDate function would have to be used
to convert it to a Date.

VB "knows" that the data is to be read from the "EMPLOYEE.DAT" file because the Input # statement is
referring to file #intEmpFileNbr, and file #intEmpFileNbr was associated with "EMPLOYEE.DAT" in the
Open statement.


The EOF function

The operating system automatically appends a special character, called the end-of-file marker, to the
end of a sequential file. VB can sense the presence of this end-of-file marker with the EOF function.

A programming language will generally recognize EOF at either one of two times: (1) after the last
record has been read – OR – (2) at the same time that the last record has been read. COBOL falls
into the first category, VB falls into the second.

FYI: This discussion applies only to how VB processes sequential files – because when VB processes
the rows of a database table, it actually handles EOF "the COBOL way".

In a language that recognizes EOF after the last record in the file has been read (such as COBOL), the
"input" or "read" loop is set up similar like a prompted dialog loop: with a priming read outside the loop;
all subsequent reads occur at the bottom of the loop. The pseudocode might be written as follows:

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READ (first) RECORD
DO UNTIL EOF
PROCESS THE RECORD
READ (next) RECORD
LOOP

In a language that recognizes EOF when the last record is read (such as VB), the "input" or "read" loop
must be modified so that there is NO PRIMING READ and the read occurs as the FIRST statement in
the body of the processing loop. The pseudocode might be written as follows:

DO UNTIL EOF
READ A RECORD
PROCESS THE RECORD
LOOP

The syntax of the EOF function is EOF(n) where n is a number corresponding to the file number of the
file from which you want to read data. n can either be a hard-coded number or an integer variable,
depending on whether or not you used FreeFile in the Open statement.

The EOF function can be used anywhere that a conditional expression can be used; as such, it must
always follow keywords such as UNTIL, WHILE, and IF. The EOF function can also be preceded by the
keyword NOT: for example, Do Until EOF(1) is equivalent to Do While Not EOF(1).

The main loop to process the employee file might look like this (note that there is no "priming" read and
that the input is done at the top of the loop):

Do Until EOF(intEmpFileNbr)
Input #intEmpFileNbr, strEmpName, intDeptNbr, strJobTitle, dtmHireDate, sngHrlyRate
' Processing for the record would go here – for example, load some of these
' fields into an element of an array or list box, print a line of a report, etc...
Loop

Building on what has been discussed thus far, the "full-blown" procedure to process a comma-
delimited sequential file for input might look like this:

Dim strEmpFileName As String
Dim strBackSlash As String
Dim intEmpFileNbr As Integer

Dim strEmpName As String
Dim intDeptNbr As Integer
Dim strJobTitle As String
Dim dtmHireDate As Date
Dim sngHrlyRate As Single

strBackSlash = IIf (Right$(App.Path, 1) = "\", "", "\")
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strEmpFileName = App.Path & strBackSlash & "EMPLOYEE.DAT"
intEmpFileNbr = FreeFile

Open strEmpFileName For Input As #intEmpFileNbr

Do Until EOF(intEmpFileNbr)
Input #intEmpFileNbr, strEmpName, intDeptNbr, strJobTitle, dtmHireDate, sngHrlyRate
Print strEmpName; _
Tab(25); Format$(intDeptNbr, "@@@@"); _
Tab(35); strJobTitle; _
Tab(55); Format$(dtmHireDate, "mm/dd/yyyy"); _
Tab(70); Format$(Format$(sngHrlyRate, "Standard"), "@@@@@@@")
Loop

The Close statement

When you are finished using a file in your program, you should Close that file. The Close statement
tells VB that you are done using a file, and frees up the system resources needed to process that file.

The statement
Close #1
frees the resources used by the file referenced as #1, and also terminates the association between the
Windows-system file and the file number – so at this point, if you wanted to, you could Open some
other file AS #1.

If you have more than one file open in a program, you can close multiple files with one Close statement
by separating the file numbers with commas:
Close #1, #2, #68

The statement
Close
by itself on one line closes all files that are currently open.

In the "full-blown" example above, the following line should be added to the end (after the "Loop"
statement):

Close #intEmpFileNbr

To demonstrate the code above
Create a new "Try It" project in a new folder. Make your form wide enough for the display.
In that same folder, create the comma-delimited file called EMPLOYEE.DAT (you can use NotePad
for this)
Place the code in the cmdTryIt_Click event procedure.
Run the program and click the "Try It" button. The output should look like this:
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Download the VB project code for the example above here.

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'----------------------------------------------------------------------------'
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' Project: P06VB '
' Author: Marie Albaugh '
'----------------------------------------------------------------------------'
Imports System.IO
Imports RahimLibrary
Module P06
Const AUTHOR As String = "Marie Albaugh Assignment 6"
Const HEAD1 As String = "MARIE ALBAUGH'S HEART OF GOLD"
Const HEAD2 As String = _
"SALESPERSON_NAME SALES_AMT COMMISSION"
Const LINE = _
"-------------------------------------------"
Const FMT As String = "0.00"
'-------------------- Subroutine: Main() -------------------------------------
Sub Main()
Dim Tokens As StringTokenizer
Dim Diskfile As String = "P06.DAT"
Dim separator As Char() = {" ", ",", ";", ":"}
Dim gap As Integer
Dim Name As String
Dim commission, totalSalesAmt, totalCommission, salesAmt As Decimal
totalSalesAmt = 0
totalCommission = 0
Console.WriteLine(AUTHOR & vbNewLine)
gap = (80 - HEAD1.Length) \ 2
Console.WriteLine(Space(gap) & HEAD1)
gap = (80 - HEAD2.Length) \ 2
Console.WriteLine(Space(gap) & HEAD2 & vbNewLine & Space(gap) & LINE)
If Not File.Exists(Diskfile) Then
Console.WriteLine("File: " & Diskfile & " does not exist")
Console.WriteLine(vbNewLine & vbNewLine)
Exit Sub
End If
FileOpen(1, Diskfile, OpenMode.Input)
While Not EOF(1)
Tokens = New StringTokenizer(LineInput(1), separator)
Name = Tokens.NextToken() & " " & Tokens.NextToken()
Name = Name & Space(16 - Name.Length)
salesAmt = Tokens.NextToken()
commission = Tokens.NextToken()
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commission = calculateCommission(salesAmt, commission)
totalSalesAmt = totalSalesAmt + salesAmt
totalCommission = totalCommission + commission
commission = salesAmt * commission
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Console.WriteLine(Space(gap + 1) & Name _
& Format(Name, FMT).PadLeft(13) _
& Format(salesAmt, FMT).PadLeft(12) _
& Format(commission, FMT).PadLeft(13))
End While
FileClose(1)
totalCommission = salesAmt * commission
Console.WriteLine(Space(gap) & LINE & vbCrLf _
& Space(gap + 1) & "TOTALS:" _
& Format(totalSalesAmt, FMT).PadLeft(12) _
& Format(totalCommission, FMT).PadLeft(16) _
& vbCrLf & Space(gap) & LINE & vbCrLf & vbCrLf)
End Sub
'-------------------- Function: calculateCommission() -----------------------------
Function calculateCommission(ByVal salesAmt As Decimal, _
ByVal commission As Decimal) As Decimal
If (salesAmt > 100000) Then
commission = salesAmt * 9.55
ElseIf (salesAmt >= 5000) Then
commission = salesAmt * 6.95
ElseIf (salesAmt >= 1000) Then
commission = salesAmt * 4.75
ElseIf (salesAmt >= 100) Then
commission = salesAmt * 2.85
Else
commission = 0.0
End If
commission = Utility.Round(commission, 2)
'commission = Math.Round(commission,2)
'commission = Math.Floor(salesAmt * commission)
Return commission
End Function
End Module 'P06
The data file is this
Harry Hacker 75.79
Carl Cracker 99.99
Tony Teaser 100.00
Susan Shake 885.79
Barbara Bake 999.99
Carol Cook 1000.00
Shirley Stew 4575.79
Simple Pimple 4999.99
Horrible Huey 5000.00
Felix Laketrout 5759.53
Rickety Pork 10000.00
Peter Popcorn 10000.01
Quickdraw McGraw 12537.87
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Thanks for your time
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how to open text file with half of its name
Hi.
Can you help me,..?
How to open text file with half of its name using vb6. example i have 2 files in C:\,
they are :
1. Myfile10001.txt
2. Myfile20001.txt
I want to read file no.2 with 7 characters first (Myfile2xxxx.txt), and ignore next characters.
my script is :
Option Explicit
dim file1, file2, astrx
astrx = "*"
file1 ="c:\Myfile10001.txt"
file2 ="c:\Myfile2" & astrx & ".txt"
'this is run
Sub OpenTextFile1
Const ForReading = 1, ForWriting = 2, ForAppending = 3
Dim fs1, f1
Set fs1 = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set f1 = fs1.OpenTextFile(file1, ForReading,TristateFalse)
f1.Close
End Sub
'this is error
Sub OpenTextFile2
Const ForReading = 1, ForWriting = 2, ForAppending = 3
Dim fs2, f2
Set fs2 = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set f2 = fs2.OpenTextFile(file2, ForReading,TristateFalse)
f2.Close
End Sub
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How to edit and arrange words in a text file?
Hi,
Can you please help me for this one, i'm confused on how to start my program. It's more like of a combination.
Here is what the original text file looks like:
"John dela Torre","14","Freshman","Math","English","Science","History","PE","C:\Johndelatorre.jpeg"
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"Susan Green","13","Freshman","Math","English","Science","History","Home Economics","C:\Susangreen.jpeg"
And this is what the output should be
John dela Torre 14 Freshman Math
English
Science
History
PE C:\Johndelatorre.jpeg"
Im so confused with the split function and searching for the solution for rearranging this. Please help. T__T
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Many Thanks
I would just like to say thank you to whoever writes these tutorials. I have made several attempts to learn VB but always
seemed to get stuck trying to get my head around some of the context of the commands. I have read through all the
tutorials so far and everything makes perfect sense now. As soon as I have read through them all I will go back and try
the code with the confidence that I have some kind of idea as to what I am doing.
Great Work!!!!!
Many Thanks (again)
Tony
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Excellent Tutorial..
How can I read from the middle(any place rather than the starting position) of a line in vb.
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Use the Mid Function
To read from anyplace in your line, use the MID function. You have to know where you are starting (or you can use
the INSTR function for this). Examples of both are shown below.
Dim intPosition as integer
Dim myString as string
Dim myOutput as string
myString = "Mary had a little lamb"
intPosition = instr(1,myString, "little") 'the 1 simply tells it from which character in the string (myString) to start
looking.
myOutput = mid(myString, intPosition,6) ' this should return the word 'little'.
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Alternative to APP.PATH
Its work done very well.
Just want to add the alternative way to APP.PATH
Instead of using (APP.PATH & "\") you can use ".\" it will always point to current working directory of VB6. i.e. the
APP.PATH.
This method automatically gets rid of the double "\" problem.
You can also use "..\" to point to the parent directory of your APP.PATH.
Or ".\subdirectory" to point to a sub directory or sub-sub directory of App.Path
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Superb.!!!!!!!!!
Really nice tutorial for beginners...!!!!!
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how to open msoffice using vb
sir ,vb6.0 using sourcecode how to open msword,msexcel,notepad&msaccess in a single form to split the application
display on single form
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getting data to notepad
data received : 09276578797 8mins
data received : 09256578797 3mins
data received : 09276578797 8mins
i want to get all the number of 0927 to total the mins....
so the total minutes of 0927 is 16mins....
how can i make of this project... T_T
help me....
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instr() is much better than using mid()
use instr(start,string_name_to_be_searched,string to find) and the full phone number can be found as many times as
you like
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also instr() will find " " for you so that you know where is the minutes info
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getting data to notepad
do you have these data int he notepad or somewhere else on the form (like listbox)? either way, if you know how to
read each entries int he notepad or list, you can use mid() function to see if the value is 0927 then use same mid()
function to get the number of minutes and add it.
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do you have these data int
do you have these data int he notepad or somewhere else on the form (like listbox)? either way, if you know how to
read each entries int he notepad or list, you can use mid() function to see if the value is 0927 then use same mid()
function to get the number of minutes and add it.
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thankyou
thankyou
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conversion
I want to know how can i convert the result of a program i made in gw basic in text form.
10 CLS
20 PRINT TAB(20) "list of names"
30 PRINT
35 A=0
40 PRINT TAB(20) "names"
50 PRINT
60 INPUT "enter your name|-",N$
65 PRINT LEFT$(N$,1),
70 A=A+1
80 IF LEFT$(N$,1)="z" THEN PRINT "end of the list":GOTO 130
90 GOTO 50
130 END
plz help me.....
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Tue, 01/26/2010 - 22:53 — pawarvirendra
So Cool ! Tut but how to
So Cool ! Tut
but how to make it "print" in textbox or listbox instead on a form
Please help me !
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Random Access of Text Documents
hi! where can i find the tutorial for random access of files?
thanks...
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Cant write above 255 char in text File
Dim strFile As String
Dim strBackSlash As String
Dim strTextFileName As String
Dim strCurrentChar As String * 1
Dim intTextFileNbr As Integer
Dim lngX As Long
Dim rString As String
Dim wString As String
Private Sub writeFile(strFile As String)
strFile = "MA.txt"
strBackSlash = IIf(Right$(App.Path, 1) = "\", "", "\")
'strTextFileName = App.Path & strBackSlash & "Test.txt"
strTextFileName = App.Path & strBackSlash & strFile
If Dir$(strTextFileName) <> "" Then
Kill strTextFileName
End If
' Open Output File
intTextFileNbr = FreeFile
Open strTextFileName For Binary Access Write As #intTextFileNbr
'For lngX = 1 To Len(wString)
For lngX = 1 To 255
strCurrentChar = Mid$(wString, lngX, 1)
Put #intTextFileNbr, , strCurrentChar
Next
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txtTemp.Text = Len(wString)
Close #intTextFileNbr
a:
End Sub
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wow
what an explanation to the code... Great man! Tons of thanks!
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THANKS
THANKS
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This is code is really
This is code is really helped me a lot to do my project...
Thank s...
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Writing or editing textline
Hello, nice tutorial. Very useful
Can you also post writing or editing textline.
Thx in advance.
jterc
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I like it
Graet lesson, very helpfull
Tanks
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how do u get the app path to
how do u get the app path to work
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wow..This is just amazing
wow..This is just amazing site and just wonderfukl article.
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Thu, 12/18/2008 - 23:39 — aruna
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Mon, 11/10/2008 - 10:54 — Anonymous (not verified)
This is the best explanation one could ever give.u rcok man..
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Thank you !
Very Nice explaination , much better than what i read in many books
thanks a lot sir
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Wonderful Tutorial, just what we needed
Wonderful Tutorial, just what we needed..thxs
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Great
Well done
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how up load text files
how up load text files to sql server database by using vb6
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how to open using a box like windows explorer
how do i allow the user to choose the file to open by using a open box like the one windows uses with windows explorer,
e.g. in MS Word or Paint. I really need help!!!!!
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Great tutorial =) it help me
Great tutorial =)
it help me so much tks [[]]
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Very Nice Tutorial
One thing I really needed for our TLE Project.
I'm just a 15-year-old senior high school student and our teacher introduced VB6.0 to us and gave us so many activities
and assignments that I can't catch up with the deadlines--I guess it's just too much for our age (but I think it's fun though,
TLE is actually one of my favorite subjects)--so I sorely needed a tutorial for it.
Thank you so much! You don't know how much this helps me with our TLE projects and activities!
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Very Nice Tutorial
One thing I really needed for our TLE Project.
I'm just a 15-year-old senior high school student and our teacher introduced VB6.0 to us and gave us so many activities
and assignments that I can't catch up with the deadlines--I guess it's just too much for our age (but I think it's fun though,
TLE is actually one of my favorite subjects)--so I sorely needed a tutorial for it.
Thank you so much! You don't know how much this helps me with our TLE projects and activities!
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COOL
i always had problem with opening apps. at least now i can clearly open text or apps. tnx again
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EXPORTING
CAN YOU TELL ME HOW TO EXPORT .FRM TO .EXE
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Open the file in vb6 and go
Open the file in vb6 and go under file to export as project name.exe
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Thanks
THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!
It is an outstanding effort from ur side, It was so helful for me.
God Bless U !!!!
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Fri, 11/16/2007 - 23:09 — Anonymous
Wed, 08/29/2007 - 11:13 — Anonymous
If I only want to get a few
If I only want to get a few data from the text (not the whole text), how can I do it?
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Quite helpfull but it does
Quite helpfull
but it does not show how to wirte into file
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congrats, very good
congrats, very good 1
Márcio
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vb6 textboxcontrol
can u tell me how can i bold or change the color of the selected text in the text box like in MS Word.
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Wonderful Tutorial, just what we needed
Also, to read the text file line by line:
nHandle = FreeFile
Open "logfile.txt" For Input Access Read As #nHandle
Do While Not EOF(nHandle) '// Loop until end of file.
Line Input #nHandle, TextLine '// Read line into variable.
' use the TextLine herer...
Loop
Close #nHandle
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Tue, 08/28/2007 - 23:30 — Anonymous
Tue, 07/17/2007 - 18:03 — Anonymous
Sat, 06/09/2007 - 21:28 — Anonymous
Sun, 06/03/2007 - 15:34 — Anonymous
Sat, 12/15/2007 - 09:50 — ClaweD
Mon, 03/10/2008 - 15:37 — Anonymous
Excellent Tutorial
A great piece of tutorial. Step by step and in a very simple way.
Keep it Up
Sameer
mauji90@yahoo.com
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Exporting files
can you tell me ow to export files? for example, I created a loop that will record all the data into a variable. how can I
export all the data in the variable into a text file?????
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great
very very helpful
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Scenario 2: Fixed-Width ("Print" Format)
i would like a tutorial that discribes how to read a text file with that format.
thanks, its a great tutorial.
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ClaweD`s Answers :D
nice job :D
gonna post my own tutorials soon when i figure out how ^^
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Great Wrok
I love this site,
great work
Thanks, very helpfull
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