Store Config Settings For A .NET DLL (not EXE Or Web)?

Jan 19, 2011

I have a .NET 4 class library project, which is used by multiple web projects. In this class library I need to get a DB connection string and it needs to be the same for all the web projects. Currently I've got it as a setting in each web.config file, but this is not ideal. Is there any way I can have that configuration stored with the DLL, but still allow it to be modified at runtime (ie. hardcoding the connection string is out)?

App.config seems to be generally ignored for a DLL, even though it does get renamed to assemblyname.dll.config and copied to the bin directory for the web. I tried making it an "application setting" (ie. using the auto-generated class derived from System.Configuration.ApplicationSettingsBase) and this appeared to work, but changing the value in the DLL .config file at runtime had no effect, so I suspect it's really just using the hardcoded default value of the setting.

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