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My application requires a simple ini file. Is there a easy way to implement this without using any parsing

Platform: WinForms| Category: General IO

Yes. This may not be the most efficient way to read from a ini file but it is a pretty good solution that is easy to maintain.

You can use a XML file to store your settings. Use a DataSet to read from it. Consider a simple sample file, config.ini. It has three parameters base_path, update_path and output_file. These will map to columns in the settings datatable.

view config.ini

// add error handling
DataSet ds = new DataSet();
			ds.ReadXml('config.ini', XmlReadMode.Auto);
			DataTable table = ds.Tables['settings'];
			DataRow row = table.Rows[0];
			string baseFolder = (string)row['base_path'];
			string updateFolder = (string)row['update_path'];
			string outputFileName = (string)row['output_file'];

You can of course use XmlReader, XmlDocument etc to create and maintain more complex ini files. But this is a quick way to maintain a simple property set.

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