2009-04-23-net-isolated-storage

.NET Isolated Storage

After having just been introduced to .NET Isolated Storage, I'm ready to give it my vote of confidence.  It's a pretty slick way to store info that may be required by a .NET framework application between sessions or throughout a ClickOnce update.

For me, I was struggling with an n-tier application that did not properly store connection strings in a central location.  While searching for an elegant solution to that problem, this Isolated Storage bubbled up.  I couldn't use it for that problem, but the next day a new problem presented itself.  It was question of how to enable a (different) software application to have a 90 day demonstration license upon install.  Isolated Storage gave me a way to check for previous installs (and expiration dates) between sessions and installations.  You see, the store can be based on an assembly's identity, which is perfect in this case.  I will tell you that anything that solves a problem for me, in an elegant fashion, is a winner in my book.

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