Cinchoo – Hierarchical INI sections, Part 9

In this section, I’ll talk about another important feature Cinchoo framework provides in reading INI file is that the support of  Hierarchical INI sections. It gives the flexibility of organizing the INI sections in hierarchical way. An INI section can have another INI subsection in it. Here is how you can do it using Cinchoo framework,

;This is a test nested INI file.
;To test its functionality.

[CORPORATIONS]

[CORPORATIONS/FINANCE]
CORP1=JP Morgan Chase
COPR2=Morgan Stantley

[CORPORATIONS/TECHNOLOGY]
CORP1=Google
COPR2=Apple

In the above sample INI file, the Hierarchical sections are given with ‘/’ separator. ‘CORPORATIONS’ section contains ‘FINANCE’ and ‘TECHNOLOGY’ subsections. There are couple ways, we can access them programmatically

using (ChoIniDocument iniDocument = ChoIniDocument.Load(@"C:\Temp\NestedIniSection.ini"))
{
    Console.WriteLine(iniDocument["CORPORATIONS/TECHNOLOGY"]["CORP1"]);
    Console.WriteLine(iniDocument["CORPORATIONS"].GetSection("TECHNOLOGY")["CORP1"]);
}
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5 comments

  1. BenS · November 12, 2012

    Cool tool,
    My only nag: you probably meant “Morgan Stanley”
    But perhaps not because of the lawyers ;-)

  2. Raj Nagalingam · November 12, 2012

    Typo mistake. Corrected. Thanks for your comment.

  3. David · November 12, 2012

    Hi,
    I have a problem with this framework.
    If I add to reference Cinchoo and add namespace –
    using Cinchoo.Core.Ini;

    Visual studio show error

    Error 1 The type or namespace name ‘Cinchoo’ could not be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?)

    Where is problem ?

    • Raj Nagalingam · November 12, 2012

      Your project needs to be build with “.NET framework 4″ instead of “.NET framework 4 Client Profile”. Please go to project properties->Application tab, choose the ‘Target Framework’ as ‘.NET framework 4′. Let me know if that helps.

      • David · November 12, 2012

        Hi, you have right, thank you very much.
        Thank you for help

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