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Application Development Using Visual Basic® and .NET by Dana L. Wyatt, Peter Thorsteinson, Robert J. Oberg

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Chapter 9. Assemblies and Deployment

Deployment makes the programmer's hard work available to the customer. .NET assemblies make deployment much simpler and much more reliable than traditional Windows deployment. Private assembly deployment is as simple as copying the component assembly into the same directory as the client program. Alternatively, shared assembly deployment places the component with a unique name (known as a strong name) in the Global Assembly Cache (GAC), making it available for general use.

This chapter begins with a discussion of components and how to work with them in .NET. We then cover assemblies, which are the fundamental unit of deployment in .NET. Private assembly deployment and shared assembly deployment are described ...

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