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(VB) Barcode Reading / Scanning for Inventory?

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Hi,

 

I was hoping for a little guidance. I want to create a simple bar code / inventory program. Basically, we have an Arcade Redemption Center at our business. I am going to put a different barcode under each item category, so when a customer wants a Necklace, the employee can scan the necklace barcode, and it takes 1 necklace item off that inventory. We basically want to know how much of everything we have and use without having to do it manually every week (waste of payroll and time.)

 

I have a Scanner that works well and its a USB obviously. I feel like this should be a simple Scan barcode->identify item-> subtract 1 item from that items inventory.

 

I can do the easy stuff of being able to add an item to inventory, set the amount we have, the cost,  etc.., but when it comes to scanning a barcode and reading it, I am a bit lost on what to do. 

 

I also am doing this in VB as I am clearly not an expert but have some experience writing some easier programs. VB just seems simple enough for what I am trying to do.

 

Thanks!

 

Mark

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You could just google for anything like that. Its a fairly common application to make. I got like 10 different applications from googling "inventory barcode software".

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Hi,

 

I have searched multiple places on google. However, most of the software already made has too many features we don't need or it's just more complicated than what we need. As far as googling how to make this program, I have done that too but haven't found anything 100% useful so I figured I would ask someone personally....

 

Mark

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If you need to read the barcode just like text, and not like image (ocr), you can use a normal textbox in vb6.

The system will automatically convert the image (if using an usb gun), to the text.

From there, you can do what you want in the db/excel/sql.

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If you need to read the barcode just like text, and not like image (ocr), you can use a normal textbox in vb6.
The system will automatically convert the image (if using an usb gun), to the text.
From there, you can do what you want in the db/excel/sql.


This.

Just buy a $30 usb barcode reader. Your os will detect it as a keyboard and automatically insert the digits of the read barcode into the keyboard buffer so yes just use a text input box...

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Id also just recomend researching the scanner for compatability, I have only one experience with this - where i had spent money on a scanner - to find out it didnt run on any of the latest versions of windows for whatever bizarre reason, and as the company had closed down - were given no support for the device / drivers.

 

Im sure there was someway to make this work, but after being dishearthned at every beep of the scanner I gave up quickly :)

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