How to Compile a RESX File to a DLL

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Computer programs use different file formats to store static data. For example, a .Net program might store data in a .Resx resource file. This file uses the XML language to store data, and is therefore capable of being edited by any text editor. A resource file can be used to store the text in a .Net Web page under various languages. To properly use the .Resx file, you must convert it into a Dynamic Link Library using a couple of command lines that are native to the .Net development environment.

Things You'll Need

  • Visual Studio 2010
  • .Resx File
  • Open the Visual Studio command prompt by clicking on the Start Menu and navigating to "Visual Studio 2010\Visual Studio Tools."

  • Type "resgen.exe /compile" into the command prompt, then enter the name of the .Resx file you intend to convert.

  • Hit "enter" to compile the .Resx file.

  • Type "al.exe /out:file.dll /embedresource:" into the command prompt, followed by the file name produced in the previous step. This file name will be the original .Resx name with the extension .resources.

  • Hit "enter" to generate a DLL file. The .Resx file is now converted into a DLL named "file.dll."

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