Manipulate Procbook VBA IDE from C# .Net addin

Discussion created by AlistairFrith on Sep 1, 2010
Latest reply on Sep 3, 2010 by AlistairFrith

I need to manipulate Processbook's VBA environment from a C# addin so I can add modules, event handlers etc to displays that are created by the addin.


I've done it before in VB.Net but can't see how to get at the IDE object in C#. Am I just missing a reference or a Using directive? I can't see anything appropriate in the references.


Since this is generic VBA type stuff, I have posted a question on Stack Overflow but no-one has responded thus far.


In my VB.Net version, I have a reference to Microsoft.VisualBasic and I have done this:

Imports System
Imports System.Collections.Generic
Imports System.Collections.ObjectModel

Public Module VBA
    Private m_VBEnv As VBIDE.VBE     ' <-- This is the bit I am having trouble doing in C#:
                                     '     It does not know about VBIDE.VBE.
    Private m_dlg As AddInDialog

    Private Structure EventHandler
        Public objectName As String
        Public eventName As String
        Public action As String
    End Structure
    Private m_handlers As New Collection

    Public Function InitVBA(ByVal app As PBObjLib.Application, ByVal dlg As AddInDialog, ByVal scrWidth As Integer, ByVal scrHeight As Integer) As Boolean
        InitVBA = False
            m_dlg = dlg
            m_VBEnv = DirectCast(app.VBE, VBIDE.VBE)      ' <-- Also this bit, again because of VBIDE.VBE
            m_VBEnv.MainWindow.Height = 480
            m_VBEnv.MainWindow.Width = 640
            m_VBEnv.MainWindow.Left = (scrWidth - m_VBEnv.MainWindow.Width)
            m_VBEnv.MainWindow.Top = ((scrHeight - m_VBEnv.MainWindow.Height) - 50)
            m_VBEnv.MainWindow.WindowState = VBIDE.vbext_WindowState.vbext_ws_Minimize ' .vbext_ws_Normal
            InitVBA = True
        Catch e As Exception
            dlg.LogMessage(AddInDialog.LogLevel.Err, "Failed to initialise VBA: " & e.Message)
        End Try

    End Function


End Module

I have added a reference to Microsoft.VisualBasic to my C# but it does not recognise VBIDE.VBE.


Also, how would I do the DirectCast bit in C#. Is it just a simple cast?


Any suggestions?


--- Alistair.