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Applied Microsoft® .NET Framework Programming by Jeffrey Richter

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Virtual Method Versioning

Back in the old days, a single company was responsible for all the code that made up an application. Today, many different companies often contribute parts to help construct another company’s application. For example, lots of applications today use components created by other companies—in fact, the COM(+) and .NET technologies encourage this practice. When applications consist of many parts created and distributed by different companies, many versioning issues come up.

I talked about some of these versioning issues in Chapter 3 when I explained strongly named assemblies and discussed how an administrator can ensure that an application binds to the assemblies that it was built and tested with. However, other versioning ...

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