Assemblies are identified with a four-part name, consisting of:
The simple name of the assembly
The version number of the assembly
An optional originator public key (and associated digital signature)
An optional set of culture information
The assembly’s simple name is defined in the assembly manifest,
and is generally the same as the name of the module that contains the manifest,
minus the extension (i.e., the simple name for the assembly
The assembly’s version number is divided into four parts and looks like this:
custom attribute allows you to specify either a full or partial version number
for the assembly, as well as allowing you to have the
of the version number automatically change for each build. For example, apply
the following custom attribute to an assembly:
using System.Reflection; [assembly:AssemblyVersion("1.0.0.*")]
This results in an assembly in which the revision number is different every time the assembly is compiled. This represents the number of seconds since midnight, divided by two, since the day the assembly was built.
Assemblies can also be digitally signed using public-key technology to identify the developer (known as the “originator”) and to detect tampering with the assembly after it has been signed. When an assembly is signed, an eight-byte originator ID (known as a public-key ...