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Config Reader Utility

Reshef Mann, one of the members of our devdiv released a nifty little utility for reading configuration files into easy to work-with type-safe interface.
Instead of trying to explain it - Here is the example from his Getting Started :

When you have .config file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<configuration>
 
<appSettings>
   
<add key="MailNotificationSettings.SmtpServerAddress" value="http://localhost"/>
   
<add key="MailNotificationSettings.Username" value="user123"/>
   
<add key="MailNotificationSettings.Password" value="passwd123"/>
 
</appSettings>
</configuration>

Define the following interface:

public interface IMailNotificationSettings
{
   
Uri SmtpServerAddress { get; }
   
string Username { get; }
   
string Password { get; }
}

And from your program use this code:

public static void Main()
{
       
ConfigurationReader configReader = new ConfigurationReader().SetupConfigOf<IMailNotificationSettings>();
       
IMailNotificationSettings mailNotificationSettings = configReader.ConfigBrowser.Get<IMailNotificationSettings>();
       
       
var mailNotificationService = new MailNotificationService(mailNotificationSettings);
       
       
//
       
//      Do the work..
       
//
}


The project is open sourced under the Apache 2.0 license- so feel free to use it

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