I need to save *dynamic* application settings in .NET 2.0 Winforms
Posted on 2010-01-07
I have a form that contains a datgridview. It's called by about 100 classes, each of which use a different query to populate the datagridview, and the columns are dynamically set based on the dataset or bindingsource bound to the datagridview at runtime.
I need to allow the end user to reorder or hide/show the columns and developed a UI for it. Now, I need to save the information, which is a long string of column information, 1 for each different way the form may be set up.
I expected to be able to do something similar to resourcemanager, where you would encode .getstring("Settingname") or putstring("settingname"), that would to into the users or app's config file.
However, it appears that Microsoft in all of its sub-simian IQ, has build application settings so that you must define each and every one discretely at DESIGN time.
Is there ANY WAY AT ALL to use this in a REASONABLE manner, where I can dynamically get or put a string to a configuration key that is calculated and used at RUN TIME?
If not, is there any way to mimic this function with a few lines of code where it will not affect UAC in Vista or W7?