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How to use a text file as a program configuration file

Greetings,

Using VB.net, VB6, Microsoft Visual Studio

I want to develop a pc-based software program that uses a text file to store/load configurations for the software program. I'm thinking that I can write data to the text file on each line using a delimiter to separate the fields. At the carriage return it would create a new line. Each line would act similar to a single row in a database field. The software program would save the various data to the text file, or open and read the text file to "load" the data back into system memory, arrays, or whatever.

I cannot use a database for this project.

Here's my questions:
1. Does my approach sound like I'm on track?
2. Can I scan "lines" in a text file to grab particular data and then "load" that into system memory, arrays, etc.?

Thanks for any tips you can offer.

---- Mike
.NET ProgrammingVisual Basic.NET

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MikeCombe

8/22/2022 - Mon
Jorge Paulino

But this is vb6 or vb.net ?
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Pretty good idea. Thanks !
Even better for me is a custom XML config file. That enables me to read/write anything I want, in MY particular Xml format.
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