ConfigurationSettings - what's wrong?

This works:

String connString="localhost\\DBserver; database=db; uid=sa; password=;";
 .....


This doesn't:

in web.config:
<configuration>
  <appSettings>
     <add key="connString" value="localhost\\DBserver; database=db; uid=sa; password=;" /add>
  </appSettings>

in .cs:
using System.Configuration;
  ......
String connString=ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings["connString"];
  ......

Error: "SQL server does not exist or access denied."

So the problem might be because IIS grabs another web.config file.
I find 1 web.config under wwwroot\projectName. Others are under C:\program Files\MS Visual Studio .NET\....
How do I know if the program is reading from another web.config?

Thanks.

samliamAsked:
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keshavapCommented:
Hello,

you have made one small mistake in the configuration file.

<configuration>
  <appSettings>
     <add key="connString" value="localhost\\DBserver; database=db; uid=sa; password=;" /add>
  </appSettings>

Replace the add tag with with & try.
<add key="connString" value="localhost\\DBserver; database=db; uid=sa; password=;" />

cheers!
Keshav.
samliamAuthor Commented:
Sorry that was just a type here. I had it right in my code, i.e.e "/>" at the end. didn't work.
ptmcompCommented:
Replace "localhost\\DBserver" with "localhost\DBserver"
In the String \\ is an escaped \
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sedmansCommented:
I normallu have connection strings in the following format

Server=localhost\DBserver; database=db; User Id=sa; pwd=;

I am not sure whether or not you need the escaped \ in the config file.
samliamAuthor Commented:
it works.
However, if the String is defined in the c# code, one '\' does not work, it has to be '\\', while in web.config, it's the other way around.

explain?
ptmcompCommented:
You have two options in string parsing in C#:
Standard is C++ string parsing where escaped characters like <CR> and <LF> are written as \r and \n. If you want to write a backslash then you have to double it.
When you set an "@" in front of the string you switch to VB string parsing where you need to double the quotes place a single quote in the string else the string is terminated.

So you can write either:
String connString=@"localhost\DBserver; database=db; uid=sa; password=;";
or
String connString="localhost\\DBserver; database=db; uid=sa; password=;";

The result is the same. It depends on the string if it's easier to use the VB-style or C++-style. I prefer VB-style for filepaths.

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