Load objects from another feature class


This sample code uses the Object Loader to add features into a feature class that is being edited. This is the same functionality as the Load Objects command available in ArcMap.

The example assumes that the top most layer in the table of contents is a USA states layer that is being edited. Features satisfying a query condition are loaded from a shapefile that is not necessarily present as a layer. Note that the load operation can be undone.

How to use:
  1. Paste the code into your ArcMap VBA application.
  2. Adjust the code to connect to a feature class containing compatible data with the top-most layer in the ArcMap table of contents
  3. Adjust the query filter in the code to correspond to your data.
  4. Ensure an edit session is running for the workspace containing the top-most layer in the ArcMap table of contents
  5. For clarity, delete any existing features that will get loaded from the other feature class.
  6. From the Macros dialog, run the ObjectLoader_Example macro.
Public Sub ObjectLoader_Example()
  On Error GoTo EH
  ' Get the Editor, there must be an edit session active
  Dim pEditor As IEditor
  Dim pID As New UID
  pID = "esriCore.Editor"
  Set pEditor = Application.FindExtensionByCLSID(pID)

  ' Set up the output feature classes, i.e. the destination
  Dim pOutFClass As IFeatureClass
  Dim pFeatLayer As IFeatureLayer
  Dim pDoc As IMxDocument
  Dim pMap As IMap
  Set pDoc = ThisDocument
  Set pMap = pDoc.FocusMap
  Set pFeatLayer = pMap.Layer(0)
  Set pOutFClass = pFeatLayer.FeatureClass
  ' Set up the input feature classe, i.e. the data source
  Dim pInFClass As IFeatureClass
  Dim pWSF As IWorkspaceFactory
  Set pWSF = New ShapefileWorkspaceFactory
  Dim pFeatWS As IFeatureWorkspace
  Set pFeatWS = pWSF.OpenFromFile("C:\ArcGIS\arcexe83\ArcObjects Developer Kit\Samples\Data\USA", 0)
  Set pInFClass = pFeatWS.OpenFeatureClass("states")
  ' Specify a subset of the input data
  Dim pQueryFilter As IQueryFilter
  Set pQueryFilter = New QueryFilter
  pQueryFilter.SubFields = "SHAPE,STATE_NAME"
  pQueryFilter.WhereClause = "STATE_NAME = 'Alaska' OR STATE_NAME = 'Hawaii'"
  ' OutputFields parameter needs to match sub-fields in input queryfilter
  Dim pAllFields As IFields
  Set pAllFields = pOutFClass.Fields
  Dim pOutFields As IFields
  Set pOutFields = New Fields
  Dim pOutFieldsEdit As IFieldsEdit
  Set pOutFieldsEdit = pOutFields
  ' Get the query filter sub-fields as an array
  ' and loop through each field in turn,
  ' adding it to the ouput fields
  Dim sSubFields() As String
  sSubFields = Split(pQueryFilter.SubFields, ",")
  Dim i, j As Long
  For j = LBound(sSubFields) To UBound(sSubFields)
    i = pAllFields.FindField(sSubFields(j))
    If i = -1 Then
      MsgBox "field not found:" & sSubFields(j)
      Exit Sub
    End If
    pOutFieldsEdit.AddField pAllFields.Field(i)
  Next j

  Dim pObjectLoader As IObjectLoader
  Set pObjectLoader = New ObjectLoader
  Dim pEnumInvalidObject As IEnumInvalidObject
  pObjectLoader.LoadObjects pEditor, _
                            pInFClass, pQueryFilter, _
                            pOutFClass, pOutFields, _
                            False, 0, False, False, 10, _
  Dim pInvalidObject As IInvalidObjectInfo
  Set pInvalidObject = pEnumInvalidObject.Next
  If Not pInvalidObject Is Nothing Then
    MsgBox "Some or all features did not load"
  End If
  Exit Sub
    MsgBox Err.Description, vbInformation, "Object Loader Example"
End Sub