Configuration is an arrangement of functional units according to their nature, number, and chief characteristics.

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Adding config parser to code that uses global variables

I have a script where config items are currently stored in global variables. I would like to extract the config part into a config file that gets parsed. My code currently looks like this global_var1 ...
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Requesting Advice Regarding Storing Encryption Keys

I am using HMAC to hash some data before inserting it in a database and currently I have my key as a static field. Just wondering what the best practice regarding storing the key would be. Is having ...
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Should I be using XML to store configuration values in a database?

There are a couple of answers on SE comparing single-row table vs. name-value-pair table used for config settings, but I haven't seen anyone arguing for using XML (or JSON) as a name-value pair ...