Visual Basic Question

Brian Marstella brian at
Tue Apr 21 09:54:58 CDT 2015

>From my recollection, it seems that VB4 couldn't directly use 16-bit DLLs
but VB3 can. I think with VB4 I'd created an interface through VC to load
the routine(s) but that's a clunky way of doing it. You might give VB3 a
shot, depending on which version of Windows you're going to be using.

On Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 10:33 AM, geneb <geneb at> wrote:

> On Tue, 21 Apr 2015, Douglas Taylor wrote:
>  I have a software driver for an old scientific instrument that is
>> described in a brief manual this way:
>> "The acquisition driver is a tool that allows developers to write their
>> own Windows based programs that
>> can acquire data from any Michelson series spectrometer. The programs can
>> be developed with any
>> programming environment that supports calling standard Windows 16bit
>> DLLs. Examples of such
>> environments are Visual Basic and Visual C++ from Microsoft ( up to
>> version 1.5 ), Delphi and C++
>> from Borland, Labview from National instruments. This document assumes
>> that the reader is familiar
>> with all the concepts surrounding DLLs and Windows programming. It is a
>> reference guide that explains
>> the parameters of the functions that make up the Bomem acquisition driver
>> and how they are used to
>> acquire data."
>> I recently purchased Visual Basic 4.0 Standard Edition, but the first
>> pages of the reference indicate that it is a 32 bit only version.
>> Which version of Visual Basic will allow me to call this driver?
> Doug, you should be able to use VB6 for that - you can call a DLL from
> just about any programming language on Windows.  Does it give you any
> example code to work with?  Is there a scan of the manual available?
> If you're not familiar with VB, I'd be happy to help you get it sorted.
> g.
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