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Hi I am writing an app, which may need to store process user's settings/preferences.
I am interested what is the common way to do it? I assume I will store the preferences
in files. How it is done usually? Which methods etc.
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A common approach uses XML files (usually via a XML library, like for instance MSXML[^] ). Old fashioned applications still use INI files. Another method is serialization[^] (if you are using MFC then you may find serialization is nicely supported).
 
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SajeeshCheviry 17-May-13 8:25am    
Good answer..my vote of 5.
CPallini 17-May-13 8:54am    
Thank you.
Solution #1 is correct for internal format of your config data, but doesn't say where to put it. I suggest something like %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%\AppData\yourapp\prefs.xml or something similar. Your app should know what to do if the file exists or does not when the app starts. If your app is complex or needs different config file formats, then use multiple files.
 
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