VBA - classes and structures videos | Excel VBA Part 35 - Class Modules

Posted by Andrew Gould on 13 October 2014

Class Modules in VBA allow you to define your own classes of objects. This video explains why that's a useful and shows you how to go about creating a class. You'll learn about the two class events: initialise and terminate, you'll see how to define properties, including how to create read-only properties and set default values. You'll also find out how easy it is to create methods for your class and how to use your class in your regular code.

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31 Jan 20 at 13:25


Can you please explain why Method 1 fails but Method 2 works?

Method 1:

'This is Class1

Option Explicit

Public MyArr As Variant

Private Sub Class_Initialize()

    ReDim MyArr(1 To 5) As Variant
    Dim i As Integer

    For i = 1 To 5
        MyArr(i) = 0
    Next i

End Sub

'This is in a standard module

Option Explicit

Sub Start()

    Dim abc As Class1
    Set abc = New Class1

    abc.MyArr(1) = 10
    Debug.Print abc.MyArr(1)

End Sub

After this line has been run:

abc.MyArr(1) = 10

in the Immediate Window, I see:

abc.MyArr(1) = 0

I expect it to be 10.


However using tmp variable seems to do the trick.

Method 2:

Sub Start()

   Dim tmp As Variant
   Dim abc As Class1
   Set abc = New Class1
   tmp = abc.MyArr
   tmp(1) = 10
   abc.MyArr = tmp
   Debug.Print abc.MyArr(1)

End Sub



01 Feb 20 at 13:05

Hi duggie, I hope it's OK to answer this question with a link but there's a good explanation of what's going on here https://stackoverflow.com/questions/25328975/array-as-a-class-member

I hope that helps!

04 Feb 20 at 17:29

Thanks for the link.