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Applied XML Programming for Microsoft® .NET by Dino Esposito

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Configuration Files

The .NET Framework provides three basic types of configuration files: machine, application, and security. Despite their different contents and goals, all configuration files are XML files and share the same schema. For example, all configuration files begin with a <configuration> node and then differentiate their contents and child nodes according to the final goal and the information contained. In this chapter, we’ll focus primarily on application configuration files, but this section also provides a quick introduction to the other types of configuration files.

The XML Schema for Configuration Settings

As mentioned, configuration files are standard XML files that follow a particular schema. This schema defines all possible ...

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