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vbWatchdog - Global Error Handler v3

vbWatchdog gives you global control over error handling inside your VBA and VB6 projects. 

With vbWatchdog, you can programmatically:  

  -   Track errors at a global level (a custom VB routine of your choice is called immediately on error)

  -   Determine the context of each error (for example, whether or not it is an unhandled error)

  -   Query the VB callstack (to locate and identify the source procedure of error)

  -   Read and log the live values of all local variables in the callstack

  -   Detect the exact line of code that caused the failure (with auto source code line numbering)

  -   Display a professional and fully customizable error dialog

  -   ... plus much more!

There are no DLL files to distribute to your end-users - everything is contained within class modules that you add directly to your projects. 

The product is licenced on a per-developer or per-site basis.  Licence cost is just USD $150.00 for a single developer.  Price includes royalty free end-user rights.

vbWatchdog supports VBA6/VBA7 projects (Office versions from v2000 to v2013), and VB6 projects.

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Key benefits

-   Allows you to identify the source procedure and module name where the error occurred

-   List the exact line number to identify the line of code that failed

-   Report the full callstack that led up to the exception

-   Allows local error handling to co-exist with your global error handler

-   Choose to either handle the error globally, or just use it as an error-tracing tool

-   You have a customizable error dialog at your fingertips (inc. debug options)

-   No third-party DLLs required - vbWatchdog is coded neatly inside your VB environment

-   Royalty free licensing

-   Detailed online manual        Getting Started      Sample.MDB

-   14 day money back guarantee

Wait... there's even more...

-   List values of variables within each procedure on the callstack [VBA only]

-   A Try-Catch paradigm for simplifying local error handling

-   LiveCallstack object that can be used outside of your global handler

-   Prevents the Access Runtime from closing on unhandled VBA errors


This product is available in two distinct versions.  The Enterprise Edition is designed for use in Microsoft Office VBA documents and applications.  The Ultimate Edition can be used in any VBA enabled application (not just Office applications), and can additionally be used in any classic VB6 application.

Enterprise Edition   USD $150.00 for a single developer licence.

Ultimate Edition   USD $185.00 for a single developer licence.

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Supports VBA6 and VBA7 (that's Office 2000 to the latest Office 2013).    Supports both 32 bit and 64 bit editions of Office.   Also supports all special editions such as the Access Runtime environment.

New to version 3:  supports classic VB6 projects too (Ultimate Edition licence).

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The vbWatchdog customizable dialog in action!


Featured Testimonials

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Joe Anderson (Access MVP) says:

vbWatchdog is off the chart.  It solves a long standing problem of how to consolidate error handling into one global location and avoid repetitious code within applications.

I had the privilege of Beta testing vbWatchdog and consequently I'm quite familiar with its outstanding capabilities and multitude of extremely cool features.  In fact, Wayne added some features I suggested, which have seriously amped up my ‘end user experience’.

Among other things, I develop/manage over 25 Microsoft Access databases (mdb/accdb) on my current job.  I have integrated vbWatchdog into a single library mdb.  Each application mdb is referenced to the library mdb, which connects to a single error log mdb on a server.  Virtually any error occurring in any of my apps is automatically written to the error log, all of which is handled by vbWatchdog.   This is HUGE!

Steve Falla @ JCS says:

First of all, I have to say that this is an awesome piece of software. I had developed my own Global Error Handler, but this is in a totally different universe.

I have implemented it in an Access XP project that will send an error report over an XML Web Service back to our support team, which includes a complete call stack and variable dump.

Keep up the good work.

And for some comments from the official Access Team Blog...

Alan Cossey @ PDTL says:

This is an excellent product. I've been using it for 2 or 3 months now and am truly impressed. Once you have got it up and running, it makes coding considerable neater and simpler. Most of my procedures now have no specific error-handling code in them because SimplyVBA picks up any errors directly...

Andreas Vogt @ AccessBlog says:

SimplyVBA Global Error Handler is the best Tool for Microsoft Access Developers. It helps to build better and secure Microsoft Access Applications. This tool also helps you to get valuable informations from your Clients when errors occur...

Joachim Bartels @ AGAMedia says:

I´d like to recommend the product to all serious Access developers - it helps during development with enhanced information about runtime errors, status of variables etc., but the best thing to me is the ability to catch EVERY error even in your runtime version, but you do not need special error handling in every sub or function - so you´re always on the secure side. And last but not least - the support is very fast and Wayne is really a nice guy!