Reading/Calling String variable from .dll file

IP 41 Reputation points

Hi there,

I have recently created a New.dll file using VS 2022 in C# for later implementation into my VB6 program - I have recently taken over software development!

For the meantime, I have created a test software in VS22 C# to test if the New.dll file works.
So far so good, I have added Reference from my test software to the New.dll and added "using [namespace]" to my test program.

Issue: I need to read a string variable from the New.dll file and display it on a textbox on my test software.
How can I read a string variable which is used in New.dll and display on my test software?

FYI - Here is the function where the string variable is processed on my New.dll file - m_sDataSent is the string variable.

public void SendData(string str)
if (connection == true)
if (Comms != null)
Comms(this, m_sDataSent);

Many Thanks!

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  1. Jack J Jun 24,496 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    @IP , as Bruce said, we could set public property and public method to get the value from the dll.

    I make a code example for you and hope it could help you.

    New.dll:(.NET Framework Class Library)

    namespace New  
        public class Example  
            public string Getvalue { get; set; }  
            public void SendData()  
                    string m_sDataSent = "Hello";  
                    Getvalue = m_sDataSent;  

    Winform project:

    private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)  
                Example example = new Example();  
                textBox1.Text = example.Getvalue;  

    After clicking the button, the textbox will show "Hello" text.


    Best Regards,

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  1. Bruce ( 61,181 Reputation points

    In c#, external modules can only access public strings. You would need to make the string public, or supply a public method to set it.

  2. RLWA32 43,046 Reputation points

    I have recently created a New.dll file using VS 2022 in C# for later implementation into my VB6 program...

    You should be aware that a VB6 application cannot directly use a .net class library (DLL) unless the class library exposes its classes and methods through COM. There are many available references about how to do this. One starting point is COM Wrappers. Additionally, since VB6 applications are 32-bit you need to take care that the COM registration for your .net class library is made in the 32-bit view of the registry.