Can I Share a MDE (which only has VBA Code) with other apps?


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I am using Access 2003, and I was thinking of creating a databe with just VBA
code in modules. There will be functions in there that I would like to
reference with other applications.

Is it possible for me to reference some of the functions in the MDE database
with Excel and use the function I was created in the MDE ???


Thanks,

G
 
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Marshall Barton

G said:
I am using Access 2003, and I was thinking of creating a databe with just VBA
code in modules. There will be functions in there that I would like to
reference with other applications.

Is it possible for me to reference some of the functions in the MDE database
with Excel and use the function I was created in the MDE ???


If you add a reference to the library db, any other db using
the same version of Access can use any globally available
variables, Functions and Subs.
 
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david

You can't reference an MDE from Excel

Unfortunately, the VBA project is stored inside a database in a
special format known only to Access, and Excel can't get it out.

The obvious solution would be to move your shared code to
an ActiveX control built in VB5 or VB6, so that it could be
shared by Access or Excel. Unfortunately, MS has discontinued
VB5 and VB6, and there is no replacement product.

There are some stupid work arounds -- you could rewrite
as VB Script, then use a VB Script wrapper to get a COM
object that you could register and use in Excel and Access --
but that would generally be more work than just re-writing
and copying the code between Access and Excel.

For special purposes, you can create an Access Application
object in Excel VBA, and use Excel VBA to control Access
to use your MDE code, but that is only when you particularly
want to use Access, Excel, and your Data at the same time--
it's not generally a good solution for just sharing code, because
starting a copy of Access just to use some shared code is
generally too slow and flaky.

(david)
 

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