This glossary provides definitions of .NET Framework terms. Its major purpose is to provide a single source of definitions for terms in the .NET Framework used in this book.


A test to verify that at a given point in a program, a CLI tool can access a program element represented by a name. The first part of this test determines whether the name is visible. If it is visible, then the second part of the test determines whether it can be accessed—for example, read or written to.


An executing process that consists of one or more application domains, which themselves consist of one or more assemblies. At least one assembly must have an external entry point; use of this entry point triggers (or causes a hosting environment ...

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