Visual Basic .NET/NET assembly

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Assemblies and Manifests[edit | edit source]

A Microsoft.NET Assembly is an exe or dll. Assemblies are the basic unit of deployment. An assembly consists of 4 components:

  1. Assembly Metadata (also known as Assembly Manifest)
    • This is sort of like a packaging list of everything that is required for this assembly to work. A manifest contains:
      1. Version requirements
      2. Security Identity
      3. Scope of assembly
  2. Type Metadata
  3. IL (Intermediate Language)
  4. Resources