Can we get a strongly typed resource class rather than using resource manager


Can we get a strongly typed resource class rather than using resource manager?

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In the previous question we had seen how resourcemanager class can be used to read the string from the resource file. But there has been considerable improvement in VS.Net 2005 for resource support. You no more need to load using resourcemanager class. Though Microsoft has still kept it for backward compatibility. You can now get strongly types classes in your VS.NET intellisense as shown in the figure below.

All belong to Resources namespace. Let’s do a small sample and see how the strongly typed classes work in VS.NET 2005 and the simplicity which they bring while implementing globalization in projects. Below is the screen shot of the project. It’s basically a simple login screen with user id and password text boxes. User has options to select the language. Currently only two languages are provided English and Greek. Depending on the languages selected the user id and password label values will be displayed.

Below is the code snippet which describes the various important sections of the code. First thing are the resource files. We have generated two resource files one for Greece with el and second is the general resource file which will be used when the regional code does not match.

There are three important steps in the code

First is set the culture information for the current thread with the new culture info object. StrCulture has the language code which is currently selected in the drop down. Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = new CultureInfo(strCulture);
We set the same culture to the Resource class. Resources.Resource.Culture = Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture;
Now we are all set to use the value.
lblUserId.Text = Resources.Resource.lblUserIdResource1.ToString();
lblPassword.Text = Resources.Resource.lblPasswordResource1.ToString();

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