ASP.NET web.config DB connection string

Posted on 2004-09-03
Last Modified: 2008-02-26
Newbie question: I've got a page that works with the following:
strConn = "provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;data source=c:\\Inetpub\\wwwroot\\timesheet\\timesheet.mdb";

but will not work with:
strConn = ConfigurationSettings.appSettings("DSN");

        <add key="DSN" value="provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;data source=c:\\Inetpub\\wwwroot\\timesheet\\timesheet.mdb" />

Error I get is:
 CS0117: 'System.Configuration.ConfigurationSettings' does not contain a definition for 'appSettings'

Any ideas?
Question by:jonnymccullagh
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Expert Comment

ID: 11979403
You're working with C# language and it is case-sensitive. Change "appSettings" to "AppSettings" should solve the problem.
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Expert Comment

ID: 11987443

Author Comment

ID: 11987921
I've tried both these suggestions and still get errors. My current error is:
S0117: 'System.Configuration.ConfigurationSettings' does not contain a definition for 'appSettings'
This makes me think that machine.config may be being checked for appSettings rather than web.config. Am i wrong?

When I changed appSettings to AppSettings I get the following error:
 CS0118: 'System.Configuration.ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings' denotes a 'property' where a 'method' was expected

When I try it with 'Item' I get this error:
CS0117: 'System.Collections.Specialized.NameValueCollection' does not contain a definition for 'Item'
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Accepted Solution

ihenry earned 50 total points
ID: 11987928

strConn = ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings["DSN"];

Author Comment

ID: 11987969
That was it, thanks!

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