Where is the VBA help file in ArcGIS 10.1?

Discussion created by Hornbydd Champion on Aug 28, 2012
Latest reply on Sep 27, 2012 by hsiddique

I've finally been able to have a sneak view of 10.1 and as a developer whose career was built on VBA I was interested in finding out if ESRI really had blitzed VBA. To my great joy and happiness I found VBA could still be installed. Deliberately hidden and various hoops needed jumping through but one could eventually get back VBA, hooray my career is not over yet!


I know you [ESRI] keep saying everything should be .Net and Python now and all my current projects are, so I'm doing what you are demanding of us, but I have always found the VBA help file superior for search for ArcObjects. I've never liked the integration of Help into Visual Studio it's just slow and clunky. Your API online pages are slow, I spend half my time watching a gray circle and the web page load up. But the VBA help file (the chm file) is fast, responsive and you can search by index (as you type, it filters the list). This help file has been the bedrock of my development projects and now it's gone... :(

It looks like you been expanding ArcPy and you document that in the desktop help, why can't we have an ArcObjects API help document that's not embedded into Visual Studio if VBA has to go? If there is a way of getting the ArcObjects API as a chm file which can be used offline and is fast, that must surely be a good thing?