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I need to write a winforms app that is going to be distributed in 3 languages,
so ALL the text in my app should be in those 3 languages. What is the best way to approach this.

Somehow I would like one solution that I want to build in either of the 3 languages
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by:J_Mak
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It would all begin with Inheritnace.... each form that you create with one language must have similar charateristics with those in another language. So the best way to start off is to create forms that have common properties with all 3 languages. The customised forms for a certain language then inherit from the parent form and change it as it sees fit. Have constants for all 3 so that when you build (like for labels, text boxes, etc), it can choose from either. It is much more complicated than this, but this would be a start.
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I have two ways in mind:

1) You can use resources which is inherent to .Net since v1.0. Easiest to maintain and deploy. Read more from the following articles:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/cpqstart/html/cpsmpnetsamples-howtoresources.asp
http://samples.gotdotnet.com/quickstart/aspplus/default.aspx?url=%2fquickstart%2fhowto%2fdoc%2fuseresources.aspx
http://www.c-sharpcorner.com/Code/2004/Jan/GloblizationInDotNEt.asp

2) You can also use a database that supports unicode data. Then use the database to store a list of keys and translated values. On application startup or when the language setting is changed, you can (re)load the labels/messages to a global collection/dictionary. Note that there are some memory overhead here...

Choose the approach you are comfortable with.

Have fun...
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by:armoghan
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I dont get it exectly. It seems simple.

why dont you just make the Localizable property of the Forms true and Language = XYZ for different forms and make different Resx file, they will be kept in different DLLs so that they can be loaded when the language is changed.
If you want to chnage the language at runtime,
Instead of insitalizing all the components in initilizeComponents make a custom method which takes language as an argument, So when you, lets say, chnage the language from the menu, a listener will be attached to all the forms and that it called and they initialzie the components again in different languages,

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by:ptakja
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armoghan is right, (and that is the best way to go) but that only covers the form UI elements. There are still error messages, text displayed in message boxes, status bar messages, etc...for that you would need to add a resource file (one for each language) that has key/value pairs in it.

In your code you create an instance of a ResourceManager object which gives you access to the resource file.

By default, your app will attempt to run under the language Windows is running in. If you don't have resources for that language (and you haven't set up your forms to run in that language (as armoghan suggests)) you need to provide a fallback to some default language.

The book "Programming Microsoft Visual Basic .NET" by Franceso Balena has an excellent chapter on localization and the new things that came with .NET to make this much simpler than it used to be with VB6.

Good luck!
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by:armoghan
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Thanx.
Glad to help the person on number 1 :)
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by:Inteqam
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what about lookup tables? or should i also use resources?
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