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Hi All,
I am in the early stages of designing an application. I want to create an
application with a MDI Form. There will be a menu bar at the top. One of the
menu items will be Reports. At first there will be just one report for the
user to choose from. What I would like to be able to do is deploy this first
part. Then down the road add more reports to this menu without having to
redistribute the application entire application. Basically add "modules" on
the fly. Like if I have a customer number report, I would like to be able to
copy a file or files to a certain directory and have it show up under the
reports menu and display like a normal form would in a MDI container. I have
no idea if this is possible. Any help, suggestions, or direction would be
greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Kent
Nov 20 '05 #1
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Anad,
Thank you for the information. This is exactly what i was looking for. One
last question, can you display a form from a dll. I have written several
ActiveX dlls in VB6 and I didn't think this was possible.
Thanks Again,
Kent
"Anand[MVP]" <Anand[MVP]@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:3D**********************************@microsof t.com...
Looks like you need to have somekind of a plugin design in place. Create a Interface that all your reports will implement. When you app loads up it
checks a particular directory for report DLLs, and load them. Based on
information in the DLL you can always create the menus and execute the
reports. So when a new report is needed, just create a new DLL that
implements that interface and put it into the directory.
--
Rgds,
Anand
VB.NET MVP
http://www.dotnetindia.com
"Kent" wrote:
Hi All,
I am in the early stages of designing an application. I want to create an application with a MDI Form. There will be a menu bar at the top. One of the menu items will be Reports. At first there will be just one report for the user to choose from. What I would like to be able to do is deploy this first part. Then down the road add more reports to this menu without having to
redistribute the application entire application. Basically add "modules" on the fly. Like if I have a customer number report, I would like to be able to copy a file or files to a certain directory and have it show up under the reports menu and display like a normal form would in a MDI container. I have no idea if this is possible. Any help, suggestions, or direction would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Kent

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