I want to have an application settings file stored centrally on a network drive. In the past I have used INI files, and for a Windows app would now use an app.exe.config XML file. My question is: what is the preferred technique for storing shared settings centrally for an AutoCAD .dll plug-in? It seems even for a full Windows app that the app.exe.config file can't be located on a network drive, but I could be mistaken. In any case that doesn't appear an option for a .dll plug-in. Everyone comments that INI files "are so 90s", but I can't see an alternative. Thanks again for any and all comments. Dale
Stupid question time: is anything preventing you from just using a "normal" XML file on the network instead of app.exe.config?
No it's not a stupid question. There are lots of ways to store shared values, from simple text, INI, XML, etc. It is a very common requirement in a managed networked environment, and the tools to set these values are built into Dot Net 4.0 with the app.exe.config process. I'm happy with the suggestion of plain XML on the server if there is no "best practice" alternative. It seems that ConfigurationManager is able to be shared http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms224437.a