When I first saw that ability in Visual Studio 2010 to transform web.config files for the target platform I was very excited. This was a real deployment issue solved for me. Over were the writing code that was environment aware, an maintaining multiple config files; one for each environment and swapping them out at deploy time.
The main thing that disappointed me was that it only worked on web project. This was a real problem for other project types too.
Today I squealed like a little girl when I read SlowCheetah - Web.config Transformation Syntax now generalized for any XML configuration file on Scott Hanselman’s blog.
SlowCheeta - XML Tranforms is a Visual Studio extension that bring configuration file transformations to any xml file. I have downloaded and installed it and will be following Scott’s excellent post to learn more about it.
The Holy Grail of maintaining your configuration files has been achieved!
There was an awesome turnout for the Community Leadership Town Hall #3 during the Dallas Techfest. There were about 35 folks in attendance, which lead to a lively discussions on several very awesome questions from the user group leader community.
Some of the discussions lead to a list of sites that of were to interest so I wanted to make sure I made them available.
Finding User Groups:
Calling for Speakers:
Open Spaces Technology:
Thanks again to all who attended and to Improving Enterprises for the awesome space, and Component One for pizza from Dough Bros.
If you would be interested in having a Community Leadership Town Hall with your event please contact me.