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MCAD/MCSD.NET Training Guide (Exam 70-316): Developing and Implementing Windows®-Based Applications with Microsoft® Visual C#™ .NET and Microsoft® Visual Studio® .NET by MCSD Amit Kalani - MCAD

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Implementing Localization for the User Interface

Implement globalization.

  • Prepare culture-specific formatting.

The System.Globalization namespace in the .NET Framework provides most of the support in the .NET Framework for localization in Visual C# .NET applications. I'll start looking at localization code by exploring some of the concepts and classes you'll need to understand to build your own world-ready applications.

The two key pieces to keep in mind are cultures and resource files. A culture, as you'll see, is an identifier for a particular locale. A resource file is a place where you can store some culture-dependent resources such as strings and bitmaps. (The .NET Framework handles translating other resources, such as date formats, automatically.) ...

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