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Hello,
I am working on a very nice namespace for a Company.  I just finished the Exception Class Library and I am now starting on the Data Class Library.

What I was currently looking to do is to create a class that would create and return a connection object for a specific database.

I was going to create an enum of applications that I would make the connection.  This is for an intranet only.  At this time, a DB is connected using a generic user password. In the futur there will be a need to use windows authentication.

I've read an excellent question at:
 http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Dot_Net/Q_20776089.html
I got some tips from there.  And some code yet again from _TAD_    ;-)

I want somehting around this but my question is about the assemblies of this namespace.  What would be the better solution to include the connections in the CLASS library?  If I realease a DLL to reference I do not really want to ask user to add a config file. I would better want to have everything in the same assembly file.

The goal is to standardize the connectino in that case, using the namespace Company.Services.Data

THank.
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Question by:Yann de Champlain
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why not just use the configuration management block from Microsoft to store the various connection strings (it will even encrypt it for you!)
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/dnbda/html/cmab.asp

Generally speaking it is better to store such things as a configuration point because you don't want to have to release new dlls to make a change :)
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by:Yann de Champlain
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The main problem I was seeing was the fact that I was required to have a external file to refer to.

Your solution is good.  I am planning to add all the MS applciation blocks in my namespace but this one was for a later time.  I think I will need to add it before the Data ;-)

I will read a little more on it and look at wich type of repository I will build.

Thank.
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you dont have to refer to a file ... you can also use registry etc... but if you are already using this file ... hey why not :)
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by:Yann de Champlain
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Ya.  I need to use a Global repository for the company and I don't want to use a database server.
So there is good chance that it end up with an xml file on the NAS. Encrypted I guess.
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