Metadata Tools and Extensions

A Tool for Reading Metadata

At this point, you are probably thinking that a generic tool for reading and displaying metadata would be a simple and easy application to write and very useful when working with CLR types. In fact, writing such a tool is great first application for familiarizing yourself with the CLR and its concepts. The SDK also supplies such a tool, called the Intermediate Language Disassembler (ILDASM); a tutorial for using ILDASM appears in the SDK as well. Although this book generally avoids using tools that hide the facilities of the CLR, ILDASM is such a wonderful aid when you are starting with the CLR that you are strongly advised to examine types with it. Invoking ILDASM on mscorlib and selecting ...

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