In designing the .NET Framework, Microsoft had many goals, including simpler development and deployment, cross-language interoperability, performance efficiency, security, interoperability with native platform, and so on.
The .NET Framework lets administrators control the way .NET applications run by means of configuration files. There are two types of configuration files—general-purpose and security related. There are two types of general-purpose configuration files—machine.config (to store system-wide settings) and application-specific.
The .NET Framework provides a mechanism to store and retrieve custom configuration settings from the configuration files.
The CTS defines a set of base datatypes and specifies rules for defining and ...