ASP.NET - Best Place to load Global settings??

Posted on 2005-03-22
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Last Modified: 2006-11-17

Cannot seem to find a decent answer so figured someone here would know.

I have an asp.net app that allows a worker to edit certain parts of webpages, these are stored in a db, most of this is  font types, colors, text html etc.

I am wondering if there is a way to somehow save these settings on application (global?) level so that the database need not be hit for each visitor, but if possible to have the app load these settings maybe once a day or only when some one has changed a setting, thus not requireing a hit each time a new visitor reads the page.

Question by:flosoft
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ID: 13610049
well i think MS new way of doing this is in the web.config file, using app settings  eg:

web.config file extract
    <add key="textColor" value="green" />
and this is how to get it

And when this file is changed the web app restarts and reloads.


Author Comment

ID: 13611710
HI thanks for the comment,

I am storing my connection string in the web.config in a simular fasion, but doing it this way wouldn't it have to read the file every time new visitor arrived? or does it store those settings in memory of the server so no hard disk hit is needed?

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coopzz earned 200 total points
ID: 13616621
TO be honest I never actually tested it in that way [they don't seem to mind calling a conection string everytime you grab a connection so I never put too much thought into it yet], If your only catering for less that 100 users at a time I wouldn't worry too much, Time To Do some reasearch I guess.

Well If you really want to make sure it's in memory in your global.asax file load all your vars into the applicaiton.contents object.. on the app_Start event so even when the web.config file gets change it will repass though the same procedure and set them up again and then It will be stored in memory.


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