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.NET Programming: A Practical Guide Using C# by Pradeep Tapadiya

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Assemblies

Assemblies are the building blocks of .NET Framework applications. They form the smallest unit of code distribution in the .NET Framework.

An assembly consists of one or more Win32 Portable Executable (PE) files. A Win32 PE file is built in a file format for executables that is common across all flavors of Windows. More information about PE file format (and the newer enhancements to it for 64-bit Windows) can be found in [Pie-02]. Each PE file within the assembly is referred to as a module.

An assembly can also contain auxiliary files such as HTML files, read-me files, and so on. Although an assembly may consist of multiple modules and auxiliary files, the assembly is named, versioned, and deployed as an atomic unit. For our current ...

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