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GetOrThrow(string connectionStringName)

By default, ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings returns null if the requested connection string doesn't exist. Use this extension method if you want something a bit more snappy - an exception.


public static string GetOrThrow(this ConnectionStringSettingsCollection connectionStrings, string name)
	if (String.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(name)) throw new ArgumentException("name was null or empty.", "name");

	var connectionString = connectionStrings[name];
	if (connectionString == null)
		throw new Exception(String.Format("The connection string '{0}' was not found.", name));

	return connectionString.ConnectionString;


var connectionString = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings.GetOrThrow("MyApp");

Author: Richard Dingwall

Submitted on: 9 dec 2011

Language: C#

Type: System.Configuration.ConnectionStringSettingsCollection

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