Sharing Resources Between Projects in .NET

Date Published: 17 October 2007

Sharing Resources Between Projects in .NET

ASP.NET has some great support for Resources (for localization and internationalization, mainly), but unfortunately by default they’re limited to the same project because they’re generated with the internal keyword. I wanted to be able to share common strings for things like Exception messages, format strings, and default messages between members of my business objects and within my ASP.NET application, without duplicating the resources between these two separate projects. I did some searching and found a great writeup by Rick, but it didn’t quite do the trick. However, fellow RD Guy pointed me to this great tool on CodeProject that “just works”. It does two things that the standard resource generator does not:

  • It generates a public class rather than an internal class
  • It creates special Format() methods for any resource it determines is a format string which have exactly the expected number of arguments.

Getting this set up and working was pretty trivial and it’s working great. Brendan has a bit more to say about it on his blog.

Steve Smith

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Steve is an experienced software architect and trainer, focusing on code quality and Domain-Driven Design with .NET.