There are three common ways to store program information on the hard disk: in the Windows registry, in INI files or in XML files. Using XML files is the preferred way to store initialization data in .NET (the registry is getting cluttered which makes it slow and INI files are much less flexible than XML files).
However, if you're porting applications from older platforms to .NET, or if your data initialization file structure must be compatible with some other program, sometimes you're forced to use INI files.
Since the .NET framework does not natively support INI files, we decided to release an INI file reader/writer class.
The classes are written in C# and VB.NET; they can be compiled to .NET modules or libraries to be used in other .NET languages. Since they rely on the Windows API, they will not work under Linux or FreeBSD.
|v1.0|| Initial release.||2002/04/24|