Custom source for connection strings

Topics: Data Access Application Block, Enterprise Library Core
Feb 27, 2007 at 5:53 PM
Has anyone else had this thought? The Data Access Block does very well with getting a connection string if that connection string is in the connectionStrings section of the configuration file. However, what if I want to use the data access block, but want to specify a different place for a connection string? (For example, from the registry)

Is this a feature that is in Enterprise Library 2.0? Is it something that would be useful for Enterprise Library 3.0?
Feb 27, 2007 at 7:38 PM
Enterprise Library supports this through the concept of Configuration Sources. While we don't have a registry-based Configuration Source, you could write one. We have a SQL Conifguration Source sample which you can look at for clues. One warning about this approach with respect to the DAAB is that even though the block will look in a custom configuration source for these settings, the default .NET ConnectionStrings class doesn't know about configuration sources and will always look in the application's default configuration file.

Feb 27, 2007 at 10:02 PM
Hi there. Thanks for the reply. Is there a specific place in the documentation or the code to look for this sample that you can point me to?

Feb 28, 2007 at 12:46 AM
It's in the start menu under Enterprise Library - January 2006\QuickStart Applications\SQL Configuration Source

Jun 20, 2007 at 9:30 PM
Is this still true with Enterprise Library 3.1?