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Dynamic Resources outside of the EXE or DLL

Posted on 1997-03-30
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Is there a way of loading a resource that is contained in a file other than an EXE or DLL.  I am using MFVC++ 4.2.  The file could contain any resource type  but must be in a file tah can be easily updated from a server application.  This info is used by the client front end to build a form window for user input.
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by:chensu
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For DLLs, you can call LoadLibrary, FindResource and LoadResource. For EXEs, you can call GetFileResource, GetFileResourceSize. Check with the SDK documentation for more information.

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Sorry good try,  but I know of these and the ones you mentioned are not available in the Win32Api,  I have revised the wording to  make the question more understandable.
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by:chensu
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There is no standard way to do so. You need to know the resource format. I wonder how you write the resource into a file if you do not know how to load it.

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RONSLOW earned 200 total points
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You can use UpdateResource (under NT only) to change a resource for another exe or dll, so rather than have the client read a resource generated by the server the server (or some other app) could directly modify the resources of the client app.A simpler alternative...If you only want dialog resources, then you could simply write out a DLGTEMPLATE structure to a file in the server and read it back in with the client and use CDialog::CreateIndirect - or have the client generate a DLGTEMPLATE based on info supplied by the server (this is probably nicer because the client can make intelligent decision about how the dialog will look, and less information can be sent from server to client if you code it nicely)
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by:GDRichards
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Good thought,  will have to give that a go,  but judt for the record the client will use these resources from a file locally,  but also the server could update these files on the fly when a new version is produced.
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