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Applied XML Programming for Microsoft® .NET by Dino Esposito

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Chapter 15. .NET Framework Application Configuration

To the extent that it is possible, all applications, regardless of platform, should be designed in a parametric way and should read some of their settings from an external file. Simply by updating the configuration file, developers and system administrators can change the way in which the application works as well as elements of the user interface. In Microsoft Windows 3.x, user preferences and application settings were usually stored in INI files located in the Windows folder or in the application’s main directory. This practice was retained in Microsoft Win32, although since Windows 95, the system registry has become the recommended store for Win32 and Component Object Model (COM) application ...

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