How to: Call Windows APIs (Visual Basic)
Updated: July 20, 2015
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This example defines and calls the
MessageBox function in user32.dll and then passes a string to it.
' Defines the MessageBox function. Public Class Win32 Declare Auto Function MessageBox Lib "user32.dll" ( ByVal hWnd As Integer, ByVal txt As String, ByVal caption As String, ByVal Type As Integer ) As Integer End Class ' Calls the MessageBox function. Public Class DemoMessageBox Public Shared Sub Main() Win32.MessageBox(0, "Here's a MessageBox", "Platform Invoke Sample", 0) End Sub End Class
This example requires:
- A reference to the System namespace.
The following conditions may cause an exception:
The method is not static, is abstract, or has been previously defined. The parent type is an interface, or the length of name or dllName is zero. (ArgumentException)
The name or dllName is
The containing type has been previously created using