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How to Use Stored Procedures in VB6

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Describes how to use a simple stored procedure in Visual Basic 6.0


This article explains how to use a Stored procedure in Visual Basic 6.0 using Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects(ADO). I tried to make it simple and I think this may be helpful for those who want to try stored procedures in VB6 applications. Here I will explain:

  • The steps for writing a small stored procedure (in SQL Server 2000)
  • How to use that stored procedure in VB 6.0
  • Using Output parameters in stored procedures

ActiveX Data Objects (ADO)

ActiveX Data Objects provide a set of objects, properties, and methods for applications that access and manipulate data. The commonly used ADO objects are Connection, Command, and Recordset.

Connection Object

Connection object establishes a connection to a data source. To create a Connection object, we need to supply the name of either an ODBC data source or an OLE DB provider.

Command Object

A Command object is a definition of a specific command that we intend to execute against a data source.

CommandType property is used to specify the type of command used. Example includes:

  • adCmdText - Use if the query string is a SQL command
  • adCmdTable - Use if the query string is the name of a table name
  • adCmdStoredProc - Use if the query string is the name of a stored procedure

Recordset Object

Recordset represents the entire set of records from a database table or the results of an executed command.

Creating & Testing a Simple Stored Procedure

A Stored Procedure is a set of one or more SQL statements that is precompiled and processed as a single task. The stored procedure exists in the database as an object, even after execution has finished. To know more about Stored procedures, check out this CodeProject article.


In the SQL Enterprise Manager, expand the Northwind database, right click on the Stored Procedures and select New Stored Procedures, then write down the following example and click OK button.

CREATE PROCEDURE empdetails @empid int
SELECT FirstName, Title, Address FROM Employees WHERE EmployeeID=@empid


From the Tools option, select SQL Query Analyser and test the stored procedure as below:

exec empdetails 1

Here exec is the command to execute a stored procedure, empdetails is the procedure name and 1 is the employee id. Execute the procedure (F5), you can see the record displayed.

Using Stored Procedure in Visual Basic 6 (Example)

  1. Create a new Project in Visual Basic.
  2. On the form, place the following controls in the order as shown in the figure:
    • Three Labels (First Name, Title, Address)
    • Four Textboxes (txt_empid, txt_firstname, txt_title, txt_address)
    • One Command button (name= cmd_get, Caption=Get)

      Sample screenshot
  3. From the Project menu, click References and select Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects 2.5 Library, and click OK.
  4. On the General Declaration section (click on top of code window), enter the following code:
    Option Explicit
    Dim con As New ADODB.Connection
    Dim rs As New ADODB.Recordset
    Dim cmd As ADODB.Command
    Dim str_empid, strconnect As String

    Here Option Explicit forces you to declare all variables that are used in the program (good programming practice), con is the connection object, rs is the recordset object, cmd is the command object which is used for specifying the command type and procedure name, str_empid is used to store employee id and strconnect for storing the connection string.

  5. On the form load event (Form_Load), enter this:
    Private Sub Form_Load()
        strconnect = "Provider=SQLOLEDB;Data Source=suj;Initial Catalog=Northwind"
        con.Open strconnect, "sa", ""
    End Sub

    Here SQLOLEDB is the database provider, suj is the system or computer name (will be different in your case) and Northwind is the database name, strconnect is the connection string, sa is username and password is null (this will be same as above unless you have changed it). con.Open opens the database connection.

  6. On the Command button click event (cmd_get_Click), enter this:
    Private Sub cmd_get_Click()
     str_empid = txt_empid.Text
     Set cmd = New ADODB.Command
     cmd.ActiveConnection = con
     cmd.CommandType = adCmdStoredProc
     cmd.CommandText = "empdetails"
     cmd.Parameters.Append cmd.CreateParameter_
    	("empid", adVarChar, adParamInput, 6, str_empid)
     Set rs = cmd.Execute
     If Not rs.EOF Then
      txt_firstname = rs.Fields(0)
      txt_title = rs.Fields(1)
      txt_address = rs.Fields(2)
     End If
     Set cmd.ActiveConnection = Nothing
    End Sub

    Here we first assign the value of employee id in the Textbox (txt_empid) to str_empid. You should set cmd as a new command object and should specify the connection to be used(con), the command type (adCmdStoredProc – for Stored procedure), command text(empdetails – name of the stored procedure), the parameter and value (empid – parameter name, str_empid – employee id value). After that, we execute the cmd and assign the value to rs (ADODB Recordset object). If the recordset (rs) contains some value, those values will be assigned to appropriate textboxes. Finally set the connection of cmd to none.

  7. Execute the program (F5). Enter an employee id and click the Get button, you should get a similar result as below:

    Sample screenshot

Using OUTPUT Parameter in Stored Procedures

Output parameters allow the stored procedure to pass a value back to the caller program.
This will be useful for setting some status values that can be used in the programs.

Here is an example that uses an output parameter.

CREATE PROCEDURE update_empdetails @empid int,_
	@firstname varchar(30),@title varchar(30) ,
@address varchar(100),@result int OUTPUT AS
update Employees set FirstName=@firstname,Title=@title,_
	Address=@address WHERE EmployeeID=@empid;
set @result=1;
select @result;

Here @result int OUTPUT is the output parameter, set @result=1 will set a value for the parameter, select @result statement is needed only if you want to see the result in SQL Query Analyser.

To test the procedure in SQL Query Analyser:

update_empdetails 1, 'abc','Programmer','Address' , 0

Calling this Procedure in VB

  1. Add one more Command button (name= cmd_update, Caption=Update) in your form as below:

    Sample screenshot

  2. In the button click event, enter this code:
    Private Sub cmd_update_Click()
    Dim res As Integer
    Set cmd = New ADODB.Command
    cmd.ActiveConnection = con
    cmd.CommandType = adCmdStoredProc
    cmd.CommandText = "update_empdetails"
    cmd.Parameters.Append cmd.CreateParameter_
    	("empid", adVarChar, adParamInput, 6, txt_empid.Text)
    cmd.Parameters.Append cmd.CreateParameter_
    	("firstname", adVarChar, adParamInput, 30, txt_firstname.Text)
    cmd.Parameters.Append cmd.CreateParameter_
    	("title", adVarChar, adParamInput, 30, txt_title.Text)
    cmd.Parameters.Append cmd.CreateParameter_
    	("address", adVarChar, adParamInput, 100, txt_address.Text)
    cmd.Parameters.Append cmd.CreateParameter("result", adInteger, adParamOutput)
    res = cmd("result")
    If (res = 1) Then
     MsgBox "Updated Successfully"
    End If
    Set cmd.ActiveConnection = Nothing
    End Sub

    Here cmd.Parameters.Append cmd.CreateParameter("result", adInteger, adParamOutput) is for specifying the output parameter.

    • result – name of the output parameter
    • adInteger –data type
    • adParamOutput –Parameter Direction Enum, for output parameter
    res = cmd("result") 

    This statement will assign the value of the result parameter to res.

  3. Execute the program (F5). Enter an employee id and click the Get button. The values will be displayed in textboxes, then enter new values for First Name, Title and Address and click the Update button, the record is updated and you will get a message box saying "Updated Successfully".

ADO Reference

  • Distributed Applications for Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 MCSD Training Kit


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

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Software Developer HCL Technologies
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Sujith C Jose is a Developer at HCL Technologies.
He holds graduate degree in Computer Science and post graduate degree in Computer Applications.

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