Access INI File with C#

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This simple class will allow to Write and Read INI Files ( Old Windows Settings Files )

using System;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
using System.Text;

class INIFile
    private static extern int WritePrivateProfileString(string ApplicationName, string KeyName, string StrValue, string FileName);
    private static extern int GetPrivateProfileString(string ApplicationName, string KeyName, string DefaultValue, StringBuilder ReturnString, int nSize, string FileName);

    public static void WriteValue(string SectionName , string KeyName, string KeyValue, string FileName)
        WritePrivateProfileString(SectionName , KeyName, KeyValue, FileName);

    public static string ReadValue(string SectionName , string KeyName , string FileName)
        StringBuilder szStr = new StringBuilder(255);
        GetPrivateProfileString(SectionName, KeyName, "" , szStr, 255, FileName);
        return szStr.ToString().Trim();

How to Use :

using System;

class Program
    static void Main(string[] args)
        INIFile.WriteValue("Sample Section", "Some Key", "SomeValue", "c:\\test.ini");

        string value = INIFile.ReadValue("Sample Section", "Some Key", "c:\\test.ini");


Hope you will find use of it.


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  1. This Win API solution for INI files is very popular on the net. However it is said to be provided for backward compatibility with old 16-bit Windows applications, so it might disappear in future Windows OS.
    Additionally, it seems crippled to only 254 byte values for keys. I have hard time now to make it work with larger texts so I have to write my own class to handle INI files.

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