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Special Edition Using® Microsoft® ASP.NET by Richard Leinecker

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Application Configuration

With ASP.NET, configuration files are stored along with other files—such as data files, Web pages, and executable files—within a single directory. The beauty of this is that simply copying the directory is all that a user or administrator needs to do. You don’t need to locate and move any extra files to make an application work.

The configuration files, always called config.web, are editable in any standard text editor and are human-readable. A user or administrator can easily update or alter the config.web file with a text editor, XML parser, or scripting language. These updates are immediately detected by the system, which is another great feature because it eliminates the need to reboot the system or restart the ...

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