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excel vba – VBA Class with Collection of itself

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I’m trying to create a class with a Collection in it that will hold other CASN (kind of like a linked list), I’m not sure if my instantiation of the class is correct. But every time I try to run my code below, I get the error

Object variable or With block not set


If (Numbers.count > 0) Then
   Dim num As CASN
   For Each num In Numbers
      If (num.DuplicateOf.count > 0) Then   'ERROR HERE
         Debug.Print "Added " & num.REF_PO & " to list"
         ListBox1.AddItem num.REF_PO
      End If
   Next num
End If


Private pWeek As String
Private pVendorName As String
Private pVendorID As String
Private pError_NUM As String
Private pREF_PO As Variant
Private pASN_INV_NUM As Variant
Private pDOC_TYPE As String
Private pERROR_TEXT As String
Private pAddressxl As Range
Private pDuplicateOf As Collection

'''''''''''''''' Instantiation of String, Long, Range etc.
'''''''''''''''' Which I know is working fine

' DuplicateOf Property
Public Property Get DuplicateOf() As Collection
   Set DuplicateOf = pDuplicateOf
End Property
Public Property Let DuplicateOf(value As Collection)
   Set pDuplicateOf = value
End Property
''''' What I believe may be the cause

Basically what I’ve done is created two Collections of class CASN and I’m trying to compare the two and see if there are any matching values related to the variable .REF_PO and if there is a match I want to add it to the cthisWeek‘s collection of class CASN in the DuplicateOf collection of that class.

Hopefully this make sense… I know all my code is working great up to this point of comparing the two CASN Collection‘s. I’ve thoroughly tested everything and tried a few different approaches and can’t seem to find the solution


I found the error to my first issue but now a new issue has appeared…

How to&Answers:

This would be a relatively simple fix to your Get method:

Public Property Get DuplicateOf() As Collection
   If pDuplicateOf Is Nothing Then Set pDuplicateOf = New Collection
   Set DuplicateOf = pDuplicateOf
End Property

EDIT: To address your question – “So when creating a class, do I want to initialize all values to either Nothing or Null? Should I have a Class_Terminate as well?”

The answer would be “it depends” – typically there’s no need to set all your class properties to some specific value: most of the non-object ones will already have the default value for their specific variable type. You just have to be aware of the impact of having unset variables – mostly when these are object-types.

Whether you need a Class_Terminate would depend on whether your class instances need to perform any “cleanup” (eg. close any open file handles or DB connections) before they get destroyed.