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Approaches to managing application configuration (08 Sep 2004)
To customize applications and program products for a specific operational environment, you must modify one or more configuration objects. These configuration objects can take many forms, such as text files, XML files, system registries, or a separate service. Managing the operational environment becomes more complex as the number of configuration objects increases.
I continue the Quality busters series, which looks at common influences on application quality from the enterprise view of the operational environment and non-functional requirements. Addressing these influences is a matter of making tradeoffs, with no single solution solving all the problems. This month I'll discuss the complexities of application configuration management.
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