the compiler with your assembly information in an assembly
information file (usually called in a C# project,
AssemblyInfo.cs). The assembly information file
is compiled with the rest of the project’s source files. The
information in the file is in the form of assembly
—directives to the
compiler on the information to embed in the assembly. Example C-2
shows a typical set of assembly attributes.
Example C-2. The assembly information file includes a variety of assembly attributes
[assembly: AssemblyTitle("MyAssembly")] [assembly: AssemblyDescription("Assembly containing demo .NET components")] [assembly: AssemblyCompany("My Product")] [assembly: AssemblyCopyright("(c) 2001 My Company ")] [assembly: AssemblyTrademark("")] [assembly: AssemblyCulture("en-US")] [assembly: AssemblyVersion("1.0.*")]
Assemblies can be
private or shared. A private assembly resides in
the same directory of the application that uses it (or in its path).
A shared assembly is in a known location, called
the global assembly cache (GAC), mentioned in
Chapter 10. To add an
assembly to the GAC, use either the .NET administration tool or the
GACUtil command-line utility. Once in the GAC,
the assembly can be accessed by multiple applications, both managed
To avoid conflicts in the GAC between different assemblies that have the same name, a shared assembly must have a strong name. The strong name authenticates the assembly’s origin ...