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Essential .NET, Volume 1: The Common Language Runtime by Chris Sells, Don Box

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Versioning Hazards

The preceding discussion of how the assembly resolver determines which version of an assembly to load focuses primarily on the mechanism used by the CLR. What was not discussed is what policies a developer should use to determine when, how, and why to version an assembly. Given that the platform being described has not actually shipped at the time of this writing, it is somewhat difficult to list a set of “best practices” that are known to be valid based on hard-won experiences. However, it is reasonable to look at the known state of the CLR and extrapolate a set of guidelines.

It is important to note that assemblies are versioned as a unit. Trying to replace a subset of the files in an assembly without changing the version ...

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