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Monday, April 19, 2004

More to Look Forward to in VS.NET 2005 

That of course is the offical name (for now) of what had been code named Whidbey. Anyone who has been working with .NET lately has seen the now infamous .config files which are "supposed" to make application settings a breeze. Wrong. Why? Although Microsoft provided a half way decent (though by no means great) API for reading in these files, they don't provide any way to save them back out! Who was the rocket scientist who decided on that? So the only way to actually change application settings is to tell a user to open up Active Visual NotePad.Net + Enterprise (aka Notepad) and edit some XML? I don't think so. Thats why hardly anyone actually uses .config files. Most people roll their own XML file format that is easier to write to.

Well have no fear... the people at Microsoft actually listed and have revamped the API for managing .config files so that now Configuration is a breeze. Amen.


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