VS C# Best Practice Database Connection

From a best practice performance standpoint what is the best way to set this up? I need to create a control panel that will have several options that all pertain to doing various things to a single SQL database. My question is, should I write this routine so that it opens the database connection once when the control panel is fired up or should I open the database connection within each module called and close it upon exiting?  I am not sure of the cost overhead with opening a connection and then leaving it open. I will be using VS 2010 C# to create this application.
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b_levittCommented:
Let the pooling built in with most providers do it's thing.  You open and close the connections as they are needed, but let pooling decide if they stay open behind the scenes.  The time to acquire and release a connection from/to the pool is probably negligible.  And remember "performance" isn't just ticks, it's also scalability.  A DBA wouldn't be very happy if you're holding a mostly idle connection or worse, he probably has a job that kills idle connections after x minutes and that leaves you cleaning up your dead connection.
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HuaMin ChenProblem resolverCommented:
Try to put this
      
<connectionStrings>
		<add name="conn2" connectionString="Data Source=192.?.?.?\your_db_instance;Initial Catalog=your_db_schema;Integrated Security=False;User ID=your_db_login;Password=??????" providerName="System.Data.SqlClient"/>
	</connectionStrings>

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within Web.config/app.config file in your project, to ensure the project will work fine with the database.
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rwheeler23Author Commented:
Thanks. This is how I will proceed.
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