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Dynamic MainMenu formation in Winform Application using XML - Part 2

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Dynamic MainMenu formation in Winform application using XML.

Introduction

In my preivious article, I explained how we can form a dynamic menu using XML. That is a very basic method. There we cannot do any validation like MenuItem enable or disable, icon setting and etc. In this article, I extend the XML usage.

Building Menu

I have changed the XML format. The following is the XML file format:

<Records>
<MenuItem>
<MenuID>FILE</MenuID>
<MenuName>File</MenuName>
<MenuParent></MenuParent>
<Enable>Y</Enable>
</MenuItem>
<MenuItem>
<MenuID>NEW</MenuID>
<MenuName>New</MenuName>
<MenuParent>FILE</MenuParent>
<Enable>Y</Enable>
</MenuItem>
<MenuItem>
<MenuID>OPEN</MenuID>
<MenuName>Open</MenuName>
<MenuParent>FILE</MenuParent>
<Enable>Y</Enable>
</MenuItem>
<MenuItem>
<MenuID>EXIT</MenuID>
<MenuName>Exit</MenuName>
<MenuParent>FILE</MenuParent>
<Enable>Y</Enable>
</MenuItem>
<MenuItem>
<MenuID>DOC</MenuID>
<MenuName>Document File</MenuName>
<MenuParent>NEW</MenuParent>
<Enable>Y</Enable>
</MenuItem>
<MenuItem>
<MenuID>TXT</MenuID>
<MenuName>Text File</MenuName>
<MenuParent>NEW</MenuParent>
<Enable>Y</Enable>
</MenuItem>
<MenuItem>
<MenuID>HTML</MenuID>
<MenuName>HTML File</MenuName>
<MenuParent>NEW</MenuParent>
<Enable>N</Enable>
</MenuItem>
<MenuItem>
<MenuID>EDIT</MenuID>
<MenuName>Edit</MenuName>
<MenuParent></MenuParent>
<Enable>Y</Enable>
</MenuItem>
<MenuItem>
<MenuID>COPY</MenuID>
<MenuName>Copy</MenuName>
<MenuParent>EDIT</MenuParent>
<Enable>Y</Enable>
</MenuItem>
<MenuItem>
<MenuID>PASTE</MenuID>
<MenuName>Paste</MenuName>
<MenuParent>EDIT</MenuParent>
<Enable>Y</Enable>
</MenuItem>
<MenuItem>
<MenuID>HELP</MenuID>
<MenuName>Help</MenuName>
<MenuParent></MenuParent>
<Enable>Y</Enable>
</MenuItem>
<MenuItem>
<MenuID>HHELP</MenuID>
<MenuName>Help</MenuName>
<MenuParent>HELP</MenuParent>
<Enable>Y</Enable>
</MenuItem>
<MenuItem>
<MenuID>ABOUT</MenuID>
<MenuName>About</MenuName>
<MenuParent>HELP</MenuParent>
<Enable>Y</Enable>
</MenuItem>
</Records>

I have changed the CreateMenuItems little bit to use DataSet.

Code

The menu will be shown like:

Menu Design

Finally

I think this shows how you can implement the security in MainMenu and any help, comments are much appreciated!

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Amalorpavanathan Yagulasamy(AMAL)
Web Developer
United States United States
Amalorpavanathan Yagulasamy (AMAL) is a Software Engineer for Protech Solution Inc. and has designed and implemented projects for Arkansas Child Support, Arkansas Budgetting, Michigan Child Support , Massachusetts Child Support, National Informatics Center-India and Indian Oil Corporation. His background is in developing relational databases and n-tier applications on Windows platforms in CMM Level Standards. He can be reached at amal_forum@hotmail.com

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GeneralYes,Very Useful Pin
chinesedragon4-Dec-09 14:48
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GeneralSeperator in Menu Pin
Gaurav Rathod9-Nov-04 18:19
memberGaurav Rathod9-Nov-04 18:19 
QuestionWebForm instead of WinForm? Pin
Anonymous16-Jun-04 17:24
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QuestionPrevious article? Pin
netclectic10-Feb-04 3:39
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GeneralThoughs about the XML syntax Pin
Rui Dias Lopes9-Feb-04 12:43
memberRui Dias Lopes9-Feb-04 12:43 
GeneralRe: Thoughs about the XML syntax Pin
Amalorpavanathan Yagulasamy(AMAL)10-Feb-04 7:23
memberAmalorpavanathan Yagulasamy(AMAL)10-Feb-04 7:23 
GeneralRe: Thoughs about the XML syntax Pin
b0ksah19-Mar-07 3:38
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QuestionWhat is the advantage of dynamic mainmenu? Pin
Franz Wong9-Feb-04 3:52
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AnswerRe: What is the advantage of dynamic mainmenu? Pin
Amalorpavanathan Yagulasamy(AMAL)9-Feb-04 7:47
memberAmalorpavanathan Yagulasamy(AMAL)9-Feb-04 7:47 
GeneralRe: What is the advantage of dynamic mainmenu? Pin
aatanw28-Jun-04 22:37
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GeneralMight I suggest... Pin
Marc Clifton8-Feb-04 10:21
editorMarc Clifton8-Feb-04 10:21 
GeneralRe: Might I suggest... Pin
Amalorpavanathan Yagulasamy(AMAL)8-Feb-04 12:04
memberAmalorpavanathan Yagulasamy(AMAL)8-Feb-04 12:04 

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