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Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4 Platform, Fifth Edition by Andrew Troelsen

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14.12. The System.Configuration Namespace

Currently, all of the *.config files shown in this chapter have made use of well-known XML elements that are read by the CLR to resolve the location of external assemblies. In addition to these recognized elements, it is perfectly permissible for a client configuration file to contain application-specific data that has nothing to do with binding heuristics. Given this, it should come as no surprise that the .NET Framework provides a namespace that allows you to programmatically read the data within a client configuration file.

The System.Configuration namespace provides a small set of types you can use to read custom data from a client's *.config file. These custom settings must be contained within the ...

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