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Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4 Platform, Fifth Edition by Andrew Troelsen

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14.10. Understanding Publisher Policy Assemblies

The next configuration issue we'll examine is the role of publisher policy assemblies. As you've just seen, *.config files can be constructed to bind to a specific version of a shared assembly, thereby bypassing the version recorded in the client manifest. While this is all well and good, imagine you're an administrator who now needs to reconfigure all client applications on a given machine to rebind to version 2.0.0.0 of the CarLibrary.dll assembly. Given the strict naming convention of a configuration file, you would need to duplicate the same XML content in numerous locations (assuming you are, in fact, aware of the locations of the executables using CarLibrary!). Clearly this would be a maintenance ...

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