Database Configuration, the XML Alternative

Monday Sep 27th 2004 by Staff

With the popularity of XML today, a common design decision is to configure business application with markup files. While it has its advantages, storing this type of information in the database brings its own benefits.


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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