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  1. #1
    Bert LaChance Guest

    INI Files


    How do you create INI Files to store and read initialization information in
    VB? I would like to create an option where users of an application can save
    preferences, and have those saved preferences come up when they load the
    application. Are there any web sites that provide more insight into INI
    Files?

  2. #2
    Steve Berzins Guest

    Re: INI Files

    I think there are examples of how to do this at
    www.planetsourcecode.com, but the way you (I think) anyway
    should be doing this, is using the SaveSetting, GetSetting methods
    to store this in the registry, you get sooooo much here for
    free that unless you have a reason not to, use it...it is just
    too easy to use to ignore...

    Things like ini files are (unless you write extra code) going to save
    the same preferences for anyone who uses the program on a computer,
    but using the SaveSetting, GetSetting, it is stored in the windows registry
    for the current user and the OS handles it all for you....and every
    user gets their own preferences and you didn't have to write one
    extra line of code....all the heavy lifting is already done...cool eh.

    Steve
    "Bert LaChance" <bert334@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:3ae24a45$1@news.devx.com...
    >
    > How do you create INI Files to store and read initialization information

    in
    > VB? I would like to create an option where users of an application can

    save
    > preferences, and have those saved preferences come up when they load the
    > application. Are there any web sites that provide more insight into INI
    > Files?




  3. #3
    Phil Weber Guest

    Re: INI Files

    > Are there any Web sites that provide more insight
    > into INI files?


    Bert: Try this: http://www.mvps.org/vbnet/code/filea...ofilebasic.htm
    ---
    Phil Weber



  4. #4
    Larry Rebich Guest

    Re: INI Files

    Bert:

    My two cents worth - I prefer using the registry rather than an Ini file.
    The main reason is that each user of the computer has their own registry
    settings. If the machine is shared then each user can set their own
    preferences. The second reason is that it takes a bit more computer
    knowledge to modify the registry than to modify an Ini file. I usually don't
    want the user to change the registry entries.

    Some months ago I wrote a tip of the month that I call 'RegRead/RegWrite'.
    Link to http://www.buygold.net/tips.html then look for the December 1997 tip
    of the month. A sample program is provided that shows how to read and write
    strings to the registry. This have proven to be a very popular download.

    Cheers,
    Larry Rebich

    More tips link to:
    http://www.buygold.net/tips.html

    Please:
    No personal e-mail questions :-)


    "Bert LaChance" <bert334@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:3ae24a45$1@news.devx.com...
    >
    > How do you create INI Files to store and read initialization information

    in
    > VB? I would like to create an option where users of an application can

    save
    > preferences, and have those saved preferences come up when they load the
    > application. Are there any web sites that provide more insight into INI
    > Files?




  5. #5
    Jim Edgar Guest

    Re: INI Files

    Bert --

    Just my two cents. Use the link that Phil has provided and learn to use
    Ini files. My place of employment 'locks' user profiles so you can't use
    the
    Current_User hive to store persistent information. I use a combination of
    server side database tables and ini files to keep user information current.

    FWIW,

    Jim Edgar

    "Bert LaChance" <bert334@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:3ae24a45$1@news.devx.com...
    >
    > How do you create INI Files to store and read initialization information

    in
    > VB? I would like to create an option where users of an application can

    save
    > preferences, and have those saved preferences come up when they load the
    > application. Are there any web sites that provide more insight into INI
    > Files?




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