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Reading Standard Windows INI Files in ASP
By Bart Silverstein


Have you needed to get information dynamically from Standard Formatted Windows INI files? Here's a set of tools to help you with just that. In this tutorial, we are going to discuss specific actions. More details can be obtained by looking at the files supplied.

Let's see how to implement the tools usage by looking at some parts of TEST.ASP:

<!--#include virtual="/readini/inifile.inc"-->

For fairly obvious reasons, we need to include the tools in our page, of course we should fix the path the include file is stored it.

<%
     call IniFileLoad("physical=c:\boot.ini")
%>

Next, a call to IniFileLoad fetches the INI file into a dictionary object called IniFileDictionary. You can specify a physical path as listed above, or you could specify a virtual path such as "virtual=/readini/test.ini".

StrBuf = IniFileValue("boot loader|timeout")
StrBuf = IniFileValue("boot loader")

Finally, we need to ask for a value from the dictionary. You can specify an individual value by using the section name and value name separated by a vertical bar (sometimes referred to as a 'pipe') character. Alternately, we can request the entire content of a section by not specifying the value name. When the section is returned, the data is formatted as:

   Section name|Value name=Value Data~Section name|ValueName=Value Data

Note that each section/value/data triplet is separated by a tilde character.

Well, that's all there is to it! Happy programming!

Attachments:
This ZIP file contains an INC file with the utility routines, a test INI file, and an ASP file that demonstrates the tools usage.


Article Information
Article Title: Reading Standard Windows INI Files in ASP
Article Author: Bart Silverstein
Published Date: Tuesday, January 19, 1999
Article URL: http://www.4GuysFromRolla.com/webtech/011999-1.shtml


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