Visual Basic

Building Base Code

Do engineers reinvent the wheel every time they need to build a new piece of machinery? Of course not. So why do we, as developers, almost always do the equivalent when building new applications? C++ developers have been using MFC for years. J++ developers have AFC.

Building Base Code

So why don't we have our own equivalents? At The Mandelbrot Set (International) Limited (TMS), we've been using our own application template for a number of years for all new projects (see Appendix for more details).

In this tutorial, we'll look at some of the reasons for using base code and some of the techniques that can be applied to creating your own base code. Finally we'll look at how Microsoft Visual Basic templates can be used to provide frameworks for common forms, classes, and modules.