How Do I Store and Access My Connection Strings in ASP.NET 2?
Yes, there is. ASP.NET 2.0 has a new ConnectionStringSettingsCollection called ConnectionStrings that provides easy access to your connection strings that you store in your Web.config file. All you need to do is add a <connectionStrings> element to your configuration file. To this element you can add your connection strings by adding <add> elements. You use the name attribute of the <add> element to specify the name by which you can retrieve the connection string in your code. You use the connectionString attribute to specify the connection string. Note that both attributes are case-sensitive. You should end up with the following <connectionStrings> element in your configuration file:
Persist Security Info=False;Initial Catalog=YourDatabase;
Once you have added the connection string to your configuration file, you can retrieve it with the following code:
At this point, MyConnectionString holds the connection string you defined in your configuration file.
The good thing about a separate <connectionStrings> element is that other config sections, like special Providers, can refer to those settings by the name of the connection string, instead of duplicating the connection string. You can retrieve more information about the connection besides the connection string. If you provide a providerName (as in the sample Web.config above) you can retrieve the providers's name in code as well. This can be useful if you're working with the new factory model in your data access layer and need to know with which data provider you're currently working.
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