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

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Chapter 50. Understanding the Global Assembly Cache

The Visual Studio IDE is a great place to create applications, but in most cases, you need to deploy them to your customers. The .NET Framework offers a nice infrastructure for making this possible, but you need to know some concepts about the infrastructure before effectively deploying applications. Often you can create libraries and reference those libraries, or third-party libraries, other than the .NET Framework base libraries in your projects. These libraries need to be deployed together with your application, but the .NET deployment model for assemblies works differently from the COM model. The goal of this chapter is ...

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