Tutorial :Get values from the web.config section in an app.config file?


I'm trying to unit test values that will eventually wind up in a web.config file. In my test project, I created an app.config file with a web.config section to hold the settings. In a normal situation, I would call System.Configuration.ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings, but in this case, that doesn't work. I saw this question, which is very similar, but doesn't address how to get the NameValueCollection out of the config file. Here is an example of the config file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>  <configuration>      <system.web>        <membership defaultProvider="CustomMembershipProvider">          <providers>            <clear/>            <add              name="CustomMembershipProvider"              applicationName="SettlementInfo"              enablePasswordRetrieval="false"              enablePasswordReset="false"              requiresQuestionAndAnswer="true"              writeExceptionsToEventLog="true" />          </providers>        </membership>      </system.web>        </configuration>  

Has anyone dealt with this before?


I guess I'm confused here; it looks like you're trying to test that ASP.NET is using your custom membership provider appropriately. Correct?

If so, I'm 99.999% sure that you cannot unit test this using the MS framework; you must integration test it by deploying it to the webserver (or running Cassini in VS) and typing a username/password into your login page.

Now, it's possible I've misunderstood your request. If so, let me know and I'll edit my answer accordingly.


For right now, I'm really just trying to test the NameValue pairs coming out of the config file, to make sure that if the values aren't present, my defaults are being applied. In other words, I want to try to pull applicationName, and verify that it equals "SettlementInfo", and so on. After that, I will be using integration testing to ensure that ASP.NET is using the custom framework in place of the default one. Does that make sense?

I need more than a comment to reply, so I'm editing. If I read you correctly, you are wanting to unit test your program to ensure that it deals with configuration correctly, yes? Meaning you want to ensure that your code grabs, for example, the correct AppSettings key and handles a null value therein, correct?

If that's the case, you're in luck; you don't need an app.config or web.config at all, you can set the values you need as part of your test setup.

For example:

[TestMethod]  public void Test_Configuration_Used_Correctly()  {      ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["MyConfigName"] = "MyConfigValue";      MyClass testObject = new MyClass();      testObject.ConfigurationHandler();      Assert.AreEqual(testObject.ConfigurationItemOrDefault, "MyConfigValue");  }    [TestMethod]  public void Test_Configuration_Defaults_Used_Correctly()  {      // you don't need to set AppSettings for a non-existent value...      // ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["MyConfigName"] = "MyConfigValue";        MyClass testObject = new MyClass();      testObject.ConfigurationHandler();      Assert.AreEqual(testObject.ConfigurationItemOrDefault, "MyConfigDefaultValue");  }  


I believe you only have access to the webconfig file while your application is actually beeing started up. The solution is rather easy -> "Fake" your config. Use a NameValueCollection and use that instead:

private static NameValueCollection CreateConfig()  {  NameValueCollection config = new NameValueCollection();      config.Add("applicationName", "TestApp");      config.Add("enablePasswordReset", "false");      config.Add("enablePasswordRetrieval", "true");      config.Add("maxInvalidPasswordAttempts", "5");      config.Add("minRequiredNonalphanumericCharacters", "2");      config.Add("minRequiredPasswordLength", "6");      config.Add("requiresQuestionAndAnswer", "true");      config.Add("requiresUniqueEmail", "true");      config.Add("passwordAttemptWindow", "10");        return config;  }  

Now you could easily pass that collection into your class that parses data from it.


You should be able to use the ConfigurationManager.GetSection() method to pull out whatever you want.


Actually, if you are using NUnit, you can stick that in an App.config in your test project. Then add this line to your Post-build event:

copy /Y “$(ProjectDir)App.config” “$(TargetDir)$(TargetFileName).config”

When you create the new provider in your tests, NUnit will pass the values in your app.config to the provider in the initialize method.


Why not just stick it in the web.config file?

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