Access Resource by Name

 Access Resource by  Name

Using the name of the resource is an effective way of getting to your resources, but the procedure to use is not obvious.  This example shows how it’s done.

The My.Resources namespace gives you quick and easy access to  your resources.  Each resource is a property of the namespace My.Resources.   So a resource can be accessed using code such as :

Me.BackgroundImage = My.Resources.Album_3

But what if you don’t know the name of the resource  until runtime?   An example of this requirement would be that you want  to choose the image using a random number.   How can you get the ‘n’th  image in the resource images?

A simple way to do this is to arrange the resource  names so that the name indicates the number.  For instance, image resources  named as
could be retrieved using this code, where the value passed  to the function is a number from 1 to 4.

 Me.BackGroundImage = GetAlbumByIndex(I)
 Function GetAlbumByIndex(ByVal Index As Integer) As Image
   Dim ImageName As String = "Album_" & Index.ToString
   Return CType(My.Resources.ResourceManager.GetObject(ImageName), _
 End Function

The resource manager object provides the GetObject method,  which takes a resource name.  The method returns an object, so the resource  must be cast to the correct type before being returned from the function.   This form of code can be used to get any resource provided that the resource  name can be set into a string variable and the resource type is known.

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