March 24, 2019
Hot Topics:

Handling Files in Visual Basic

  • November 20, 2002
  • By Alex Allan
  • Send Email »
  • More Articles »

So we've seen the Random file access mode in use. And it's pretty darn cool.

But what are the advantages when compared with the sequential Input/Output/Append modes?


  • It's easy to change the data already saved in records - you just write a Put command and it will overwrite the old data.
  • You don't need to open and close files to change how you read the files (i.e. random does both input and output).


  • If you want to do anything except simple retrieval of settings or basic data storage, you will need to do a lot of calculations which can be frustrating. Trust me.
  • You can't read the data into a text editor, though a simple record editor can be created with a moderate amount of coding

And now for something completely different; binary file mode...

Page 4 of 6

Comment and Contribute


(Maximum characters: 1200). You have characters left.



Enterprise Development Update

Don't miss an article. Subscribe to our newsletter below.

Thanks for your registration, follow us on our social networks to keep up-to-date