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Language: C++
Expertise: Beginner
Feb 14, 2000

Storing Strings Within an Application

Question:
I have a series of strings that I wish to store in the program directory. I want to save them all to the same file and be able to open them through my program so that I can edit them and save them. Rich edit, text files,or INI files cannot be used (for security reasons).

How may I do this?

Answer:
You can store the strings as hard-coded literals in a .cpp file. For example:

char str1[] = {"deposited $1000"};
char str2[] = {"top secret"};
// ...more strings
However, this alone wouldn't provide you with sufficient security because hex editors and dump viewers might expose the hard coded literals. Therefore, you should also consider encrypting the hard-coded strings.
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