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.NET Common Language Runtime Unleashed by Kevin Burton

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ILDASM Tutorial

The ILDasm tool (MSIL Disassembler) is an indispensable tool for most developers. This tool allows the developer to parse any .NET Framework Assembly and generate a human-readable format. It ships with the .Net Framework SDK and it is well worth your time to learn how to use it. To present the information in as compact a form as possible, ILDasm encodes key information about a type or section of the assembly with about 13 different symbols. After you become familiar with these symbols, you will have a much easier time understanding the UI output of ILDasm. Table 5.1 shows a list of the symbols and their meanings along with a small code snippet from C# and IL to illustrate how the data that is represented by the symbol can appear ...

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