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C# 5.0 Unleashed by Bart De Smet

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Typing Revisited, Static and Otherwise

When introducing the Common Language Runtime (CLR) in this book, I emphasized a series of key characteristics of the platform. One of those is the self-describing nature of assemblies and the types and members they contain, in the form of metadata. It’s because of this rich metadata that describes the functionality contained in an assembly that we get rich tool support and compile-time checking of uses of the various types and members.

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