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VBA in ArcGIS 10?   Duncan Hornby Jan 13, 2010
Re: VBA in ArcGIS 10?   Jim Barry Jan 13, 2010
Re: VBA in ArcGIS 10?   Nick Harrison Jan 15, 2010
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Subject VBA in ArcGIS 10? 
Author Duncan Hornby 
Date Jan 13, 2010 
Message Could someone in ESRI please clarify the following?

In the document found here:

http://downloads2.esri.com/support/TechArticles/ArcGIS_931_and__10_Deprecation_Plan.pdf

it says that version 10 will be the last release for VBA and beyond version 10 there will be no support.

What exactly do you mean by "no support"? Does this mean it will simply not exist (oh dear now I'm starting to sweat) as you are changing the architecture of the Desktop software or it will exist and people can make use of it but you simply will not provide any technical support (i.e. it's simply there but you don't advise using it)?

I really need to get a grip on the future of VBA as if it really does disappear then it will shaft a whole load of long standing successful projects I have developed.

Duncan 
  GeoData Institute 
   
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Subject Re: VBA in ArcGIS 10? 
Author Jim Barry 
Date Jan 13, 2010 
Message At version 10 (previously known as 9.4) VBA is not installed by default. It will be a separate install you can perform if needed and will require a separate (free) authorization file for the editor to work and for the scripts to run. ESRI will still provide technical support for it under the terms of the Product Lifecycle phase "Mature", but we are actively discouraging its use.

More info about the Product Lifecycle and its support levels:
http://support.esri.com/knowledgebase/relatedDocs/ProductLifeCycle.pdf

After version 10, there is no official plan yet but I would not recommend anyone counting on it being included with ArcGIS at all. This is simply and unfortunately a reality of Microsoft's position on VBA.

More details at this blog post here, although feel free to substitute "10" for where ever you see the number "9.4":
http://blogs.esri.com/Dev/blogs/arcobjectsdevelopment/archive/2009/03/30/VBA-and-VB6_3A00_-The-Road-Ahead.aspx

 
   
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Subject Re: VBA in ArcGIS 10? 
Author Nick Harrison 
Date Jan 15, 2010 
Message I'm curious about the simple VBScript/VBA that is used in MXD label expressions. Will that still work?

Will the labeling parser include Python as an option?