Improved Mid$ Statement

During the course of my work, I often write complex string parsing and manipulation algorithms. The last thing I want, is to have to add more checks to make sure that my string positions are not negative.

I can avoid the hassle by using the following function when I need to use Mid. It wraps around native Visual Basic functionality and handles this common error case.

public Function FlexiMid(From as string, Start as Long, _
       optional Length as Long = -1) as string

    If Start < 1 then Start = 1
    FlexiMid = IIf(Length = -1, mid$(From, Start), _
               mid$(From, Start, Length))

End Function

Once you've pasted this function into your program (I recommend a module, so that you can access it from anywhere), you can use it just as you would Mid. In fact, once I wrote this, I ran a search and replace on my project to start using it.