Overriding Individual Application Settings
First, you place the attribute file="user.config" in the web.config file.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> <configuration>
<!-- your application settings --> </appSettings> <system.web> <!-- standard asp.net configuration nodes --> </system.web> </configuration>
<appSettings> <add key="key" value="value" /> </appSettings>
Note that appSettings is the root node. The user.config file does not have to exist. .NET will just ignore a missing file and use the default values in web.config.
If you do create this file make sure you do not put it into the project (and, thus, source control) so as to avoid overwriting individual's settings.
This solution can be found in the MSDN article: Team Development with Visual Studio NET and Visual SourceSafe - Chapter 4: Managing Dependencies which has lots of other details that are helpful to know if you are building software in a team environment.
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