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Topic: What is early binding and late binding?
Mansi Gupta
11 Jun 2011 at 06:13 AM
What is early binding and late binding in .net?
Re: What is early binding and late binding?
Sumit Gupta
12 Jun 2011 at 03:01 AM

The Visual Basic compiler performs a process called binding when an object is assigned to an object variable. An object is early bound when it is assigned to a variable declared to be of a specific object type. Early bound objects allow the compiler to allocate memory and perform other optimizations before an application executes. For example, the following code fragment declares a variable to be of type FileStream:

'  Create a variable to hold a new object.
Dim FS As System.IO.FileStream
' Assign a new object to the variable.
FS = New System.IO.FileStream("C:\tmp.txt", 
    System.IO.FileMode.Open)


Because FileStream is a specific object type, the instance assigned to FS is early bound.

By contrast, an object is late bound when it is assigned to a variable declared to be of type Object. Objects of this type can hold references to any object, but lack many of the advantages of early-bound objects. For example, the following code fragment declares an object variable to hold an object returned by the CreateObject function:

' To use this example, you must have Microsoft Excel installed on your computer.
' Compile with Option Strict Off to allow late binding.
Sub TestLateBinding()
    Dim xlApp As Object
    Dim xlBook As Object
    Dim xlSheet As Object
    xlApp = CreateObject("Excel.Application")
    ' Late bind an instance of an Excel workbook.
    xlBook = xlApp.Workbooks.Add
    ' Late bind an instance of an Excel worksheet.
    xlSheet = xlBook.Worksheets(1)
    xlSheet.Activate()
    ' Show the application.
    xlSheet.Application.Visible = True
    ' Place some text in the second row of the sheet.
    xlSheet.Cells(2, 2) = "This is column B row 2"
End Sub

 

You should use early-bound objects whenever possible, because they allow the compiler to make important optimizations that yield more efficient applications. Early-bound objects are significantly faster than late-bound objects and make your code easier to read and maintain by stating exactly what kind of objects are being used. Another advantage to early binding is that it enables useful features such as automatic code completion and Dynamic Help because the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE) can determine exactly what type of object you are working with as you edit the code. Early binding reduces the number and severity of run-time errors because it allows the compiler to report errors when a program is compiled.

 

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