Chapter 3. Creating Assemblies

This chapter introduces assemblies, which are the .NET unit of deployment, reuse, versioning, and security. Assemblies are a logical rather than a physical structure and include one or more modules and resources. Assemblies are self-describing, containing metadata in a manifest that describes the contents and dependencies of the assembly.

The assembly manifest is the link between the data types contained in an assembly and the common language runtime (CLR). The CLR relies on the metadata in the assembly to load the assembly and required libraries, enforce security policies, handle version support, and perform type validation.

Using the C# Compiler

This section demonstrates how to compile C# source files by using the ...

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