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Creating and Retrieving Resources

Visual Studio .NET 2003

In addition to containing executable code, applications will frequently contain nonexecutable data in the form of resources. Resources represent embedded data, such as strings or images, which can be retrieved at run time and displayed in the user interface. A common use for resources is localization of Windows Forms applications. Although resource management is handled in localization by the automatic creation of satellite assemblies, you can also manually retrieve and display resources at run time. The topics in this section demonstrate how to create resource files and resource assemblies, and how to retrieve them at run time.

In This Section

Creating and Editing Resource Files with ResEditor
Explains how to use the ResEditor application to create and edit resource files.
Embedding Resource Files in Applications
Describes how to add a resource file to an application.
Creating Resource Assemblies
Describes how to create resource-assemblies that can be updated without needing to recompile the solution.
Retrieving Resources with the ResourceManager Class
Explains how to use the ResourceManager class to retrieve resources at run time.

Related Sections

Globalization and Localization Namespaces in Visual Studio
Provides links to topics that describe how to use automatic globalization and localization for Windows Forms.
Common Resource Concepts
Provides detailed information about additional resource-related classes in the .NET Framework.
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