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Applied Microsoft® .NET Framework Programming by Jeffrey Richter

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Loading the Common Language Runtime

Each assembly that you build can be either an executable application or a DLL containing a set of types (components) for use by an executable application. Of course, the CLR is responsible for managing the execution of code contained within these assemblies. This means that the .NET Framework must be installed on the host machine. Microsoft has created a redistribution package that you can freely ship to install the .NET Framework on your customers’ machines. Eventually, the .NET Framework will be packaged with future versions of Windows so that you won’t have to ship it with your assemblies.

You can tell if the .NET Framework has been installed by looking for the MSCorEE.dll file in the %windir%\system32 directory. ...

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