In case you missed it, we recently released Royal TS V6 Beta which includes a lot of new features. In this blog post, I want to discuss the new configuration system we have introduced with Royal TS V6.
In Royal TS V5 and earlier there was a
RoyalTS.exe.config XML file in the installation directory which provided a way to tweak some application-related settings. Fundamental application settings, like the path to the user preferences configuration file, are required in order to make Royal TS portable; these must be configured before other required files and paths are opened by Royal TS. One major downside of this approach was that each release shipped the default configuration file, which meant that the user-defined settings had to be restored after each upgrade.
Since we switched from .NET Framework 4.x to .NET 5 in Royal TS V6, we decided to take this opportunity to also modernize our configuration system.
Instead of a single XML file, we now provide multiple configuration providers to tweak those settings. There's still a configuration file but it's now called
appsettings.json. A sample file is shipped with the app under the name
appsettings-sample.json. Simply rename and edit the file with the settings you need. When a new version is released now, we only ship the
appsettings-sample.json file and do not touch your modifications.
The new configuration system also allows you to set environment variables for each setting. This way, you can simply adjust your configuration in your environment variables and don't need to worry about maintaining multiple config files in case you want to run different versions on your machine.
Last but not least, you can also configure the configuration settings through the registry. This is helpful if you want to deploy group policies with certain settings for multiple users in your environment.
For more information regarding the new configuration system and the application settings in particular, please refer to this help article.
With the new default settings configuration system you can do the following:
Similar to the application settings, you can also use JSON configuration files in
%appdata%\code4ward\default.settings.json or in the directory where Royal TS is installed. Every setting can also be configured using environment variables or the registry.
To find out more about the new default settings configuration, check this help article.