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

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1.6. Understanding the Common Type System

A given assembly may contain any number of distinct types. In the world of .NET, type is simply a general term used to refer to a member from the set {class, interface, structure, enumeration, delegate}. When you build solutions using a .NET-aware language, you will most likely interact with many of these types. For example, your assembly may define a single class that implements some number of interfaces. Perhaps one of the interface methods takes an enumeration type as an input parameter and returns a structure to the caller.

Recall that the CTS is a formal specification that documents how types must be defined in order to be hosted by the CLR. Typically, the only individuals who are deeply concerned ...

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