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Visual Basic® 2012 Unleashed, Second Edition by Alessandro Del Sole

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Chapter 47. Coding Attributes

Executables produced by .NET languages are different from classic (Win32) executables. Other than the Intermediate Language (IL), they store additional information on types defined in the assembly, on members, and on data. The information is referred to as metadata. Assemblies’ metadata also contains information about attributes, which are declarative programming elements that enable annotating types with custom information and that can condition types’ behavior according to the information provided. They are pieces of information for types and therefore are part of the application metadata. You can find attributes in a lot ...

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