Database Configuration, the XML Alternative
September 27, 2004[From developer.com]
When creating software, it is a wise decision to separate business logic from information used to configure that software. Over the years, developers have used a number of techniques to externalize configuration. The goal is to make it possible to customize the functionality of a program without changing code. Today, a majority of business applications use a relational database to store data. This article will look at some common ways to store configuration data. Then, it will demonstrate how to use a database to accomplish this task.
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