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Wrapper Class Functionality Transformation


Last week we have created a new Wrapper Class ClsTiles, using the  ClsArea Class twice in the new Class Module, one instance for Floor dimension values, and the second instance for Floor-Tile dimension, to calculate the number of Tiles for the room.

In the new Wrapper Class  Module, we will transform the Volume Class (ClsVolume2) into the Sales (ClsSales) Class.  With some cosmetic changes, we will give it a total face-lift in the Wrapper Class,  hiding its true identity as a Volume calculation Class, and use it for calculating the Selling Price of Products with Discount.

 That’s right, our ClsVolume2 Class has all the necessary properties to enter the required Sales data values like Description, Quantity, Unit Price, and Discount Percentage, which will go into the Volume Class Properties strDesc, dblLength, dblWidth, and dblHeight respectively. 

We should not forget that the ClsVolume2 Class is a Derived Class, built using ClsArea as Base Class.

ClsVolume2 Class Re-Visited.

But, first, the VBA Code of ClsVolume2 Class Module  (the Base Class for our new ClsSales Class Module) is reproduced below for reference:

Option Compare Database
Option Explicit

Private p_Height As Double
Private p_Area As ClsArea

Public Property Get dblHeight() As Double
    dblHeight = p_Height
End Property

Public Property Let dblHeight(ByVal dblNewValue As Double)
    p_Height = dblNewValue
End Property

Public Function Volume() As Double
    Volume = CArea.dblLength * CArea.dblWidth * Me.dblHeight
End Function

Public Property Get CArea() As ClsArea
   Set CArea = p_Area
End Property

Public Property Set CArea(ByRef AreaValue As ClsArea)
  Set p_Area = AreaValue
End Property

Private Sub Class_Initialize()
Set p_Area = New ClsArea
End Sub

Private Sub Class_Terminate()
Set p_Area = Nothing
End Sub

The only problem that prevents us from using ClsVolume2 Class directly to the Sales data entry is that the Property Procedure names dblLength, dblWidth, and dblHeight do not match for the Sales property values Quantity, Unit Price, Discount Percentage.   The numeric data types of ClsVolume2 Class are all double precision numbers and they are suitable for our Sales-Class Object and can be used without data Type change.  The public functions Area() and Volume()  names are also not suitable, but their calculation formula can be used for Sales calculations without change. 

a) Area = dblLength * dblWidth is suitable for TotalPrice = Quantity * UnitPrice

b) Volume = Area * dblHeight is good for DiscountAmount = TotalPrice * DiscountPercentage

Here, we have two choices to make use of the ClsVolume2 Class as ClsSales Class.

  1. The easiest way is to make a copy of the ClsVolume2 Class and save it in a new class Module with the name ClsSales.  Make appropriate changes to the Property Procedure and public Function names suitable for sales values and calculations.  Add more functions, if required, in the new class module.

  2. Create a Wrapper Class using ClsVolume2 as Base Class and create suitable property procedures and public function name changes, masking the Base Class’s Property Procedures and Function names.  Create new Functions in the Wrapper Class, if necessary.

The first option is somewhat straightforward and easy to implement.  But, we will select the second option to learn how to address the Base Class’s Properties in the new wrapper Class and how to mask its original property names with new ones. 

The Transformed ClsVolume2 Class.

  1. Open your Database and display the VBA Editing Window (Alt+F11).

  2. Select the Class Module from Insert Menu, to insert a new Class Module.

  3. Change the Class Module’s Name property Value from Class1 to ClsSales.

  4. Copy and Paste the following VBA Code into the Module and Save the Code:

    Option Compare Database
    Option Explicit
    Private m_Sales As ClsVolume2
    Private Sub Class_Initialize()
        'instantiate the Base Class in Memory
        Set m_Sales = New ClsVolume2
    End Sub
    Private Sub Class_Terminate()
        'Clear the Base Class from Memory
        Set m_Sales = Nothing
    End Sub
    Public Property Get Description() As String
      Description = m_Sales.CArea.strDesc 'Get from Base Class
    End Property
    Public Property Let Description(ByVal strValue As String)
      m_Sales.CArea.strDesc = strValue ' Assign to Base Class
    End Property
    Public Property Get Quantity() As Double
    Quantity = m_Sales.CArea.dblLength
    End Property
    Public Property Let Quantity(ByVal dblValue As Double)
       If dblValue > 0 Then
         m_Sales.CArea.dblLength = dblValue ' Assign to clsArea, Base Class of ClsVolume2
         MsgBox "Quantity: " & dblValue & " Invalid.", vbExclamation, "ClsSales"
         Do While m_Sales.CArea.dblLength <= 0
              m_Sales.CArea.dblLength = InputBox("Quantity:, Valid Value >0")
       End If
    End Property
    Public Property Get UnitPrice() As Double
       UnitPrice = m_Sales.CArea.dblWidth
    End Property
    Public Property Let UnitPrice(ByVal dblValue As Double)
       If dblValue > 0 Then
          m_Sales.CArea.dblWidth = dblValue ' Assign to clsArea, Base Class of ClsVolume2
         MsgBox "UnitPrice: " & dblValue & " Invalid.", vbExclamation, "ClsSales"
           Do While m_Sales.CArea.dblWidth <= 0
              m_Sales.CArea.dblWidth = InputBox("UnitPrice:, Valid Value >0")
       End If
    End Property
    Public Property Get DiscountPercent() As Double
       DiscountPercent = m_Sales.dblHeight
    End Property
    Public Property Let DiscountPercent(ByVal dblValue As Double)
    ' Assign to Class .dblHeight of ClsVolume2
    Select Case dblValue
        Case Is <= 0
           MsgBox "Discount % -ve Value" & dblValue & " Invalid!", vbExclamation, "ClsSales"
           Do While m_Sales.dblHeight <= 0
              m_Sales.dblHeight = InputBox("Discount %, Valid Value >0")
        Case Is >= 1
           m_Sales.dblHeight = dblValue / 100
        Case 0.01 To 0.75
           m_Sales.dblHeight = dblValue
    End Select
    End Property
    Public Function TotalPrice() As Double
    Dim Q As Double, U As Double
    Q = m_Sales.CArea.dblLength
    U = m_Sales.CArea.dblWidth
    If (Q * U) = 0 Then
       MsgBox "Quantity / UnitPrice Value(s) 0", vbExclamation, "ClsVolume"
       TotalPrice = m_Sales.CArea.Area 'Get from Base Class ClsArea
    End If
    End Function
    Public Function DiscountAmount() As Double
       DiscountAmount = TotalPrice * DiscountPercent
    End Function
    Public Function PriceAfterDiscount()
       PriceAfterDiscount = TotalPrice - DiscountAmount
    End Function

What we already did, in the Wrapper Class? Created an instance of the ClsVolume2 Class and changed its Property Names, Function Names and added Validation checks with appropriate error messages and prevented from dropping into the validation check of the Base class with error messages like "Value of the dblLength property is invalid" may pop up from the Volume Class.

Check the lines I have highlighted in the above Code and I hope you will be able to figure out how the property values are assigned/retrieved to/from the Base Class ClsVolume2.

You may go through the ClsArea Class Module first and next to the ClsVolume2 Class Module – the derived Class using ClsArea Class as Base Class.  After going through both these Codes you may take a second look at the Code in this Wrapper Class.

Test Program for ClsSales Class in Standard Module.

Let us write a Test Program to try out the Wrapper Class.

  1. Copy and Paste the following VBA Code into a Standard Module.

    Public Sub SalesTest()
    Dim S As ClsSales
    Set S = New ClsSales
    S.Description = "Micro Drive"
    S.Quantity = 12
    S.UnitPrice = 25
    S.DiscountPercent = 0.07
    Debug.Print "Desccription", "Quantity", "UnitPrice", "Total Price", "Disc. Amt", "To Pay"
    With S
        Debug.Print .Description, .Quantity, .UnitPrice, .TotalPrice, .DiscountAmount, .PriceAfterDiscount
    End With
    End Sub

    Run The Code.

  2. Keep the Debug Window open (Ctrl+G).

  3. Click somewhere in the middle of the Code and press the F5 key to Run the Code and to print the output in the Debug Window.

  4. You may test the Code further by entering any of the input values with a Negative number and running the code to trigger the new Error Message.  Disable any of the input lines, with a comment symbol ('), run the code, and see what happens.

Calculate Price/Discount for an Array of Products.

The following test code creates an array of three Products and Sales Values by entering directly from Keyboard. 

Copy and Paste the following Code into a Standard Module and Run to test the Wrapper Class further.

Public Sub SalesTest2()

Dim S() As ClsSales
Dim tmp As ClsSales
Dim j As Long

For j = 1 To 3
Set tmp = New ClsSales
   tmp.Description = InputBox(j & ") Description")
   tmp.Quantity = InputBox(j & ") Quantity")
   tmp.UnitPrice = InputBox(j & ") UnitPrice")
   tmp.DiscountPercent = InputBox(j & ") Discount Percentage")
 ReDim Preserve S(1 To j) As ClsSales
 Set S(j) = tmp
 Set tmp = Nothing

'Output Section
Debug.Print "Desccription", "Quantity", "UnitPrice", "Total Price", "Disc. Amt", "To Pay"
For j = 1 To 3
   With S(j)
       Debug.Print .Description, .Quantity, .UnitPrice, .TotalPrice, .DiscountAmount, .PriceAfterDiscount
   End With

For j = 1 To 3
  Set S(j) = Nothing

End Sub

After the successful entry of correct values into the Array, the product names and sales values are printed in the Debug window.


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  5. Base Class and Derived Object Variants
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  7. Access Class Module and Wrapper Classes
  8. Wrapper Class Functionality Transformation


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