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Application Development Using Visual Basic® and .NET by Dana L. Wyatt, Peter Thorsteinson, Robert J. Oberg

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Assembly Configuration

The CLR binds to an assembly when either a static or dynamic reference is made to it at runtime. A static reference is defined permanently in the client assembly manifest when it is compiled. A dynamic reference is produced programmatically at runtime, for example, by calling the method System.Reflection.Assembly.Load.

You can use a strongly named assembly to force a client to bind to a specific version of an assembly whether you have private or shared deployment. Suppose you want to allow several backward compatible assemblies to match. You can use an XML configuration file to specify some rules for the CLR to use when it tries to find an assembly that matches. The .NET Admin Tool can be used to create and maintain these ...

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