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Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 Expert Development Cookbook by Abhishek Sur

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Inspecting the major components of a .NET program

When writing a program in .NET, it is not always true that the entire program that you create contains only code, but rather there are a lot of things in addition to that which exist besides source code. Some of the major components are the manifest, configuration files, information file, metadata, and so on.

Every program generally needs to communicate with the underlying operating system in some way. The manifest file contains all the metadata information needed to specify the assembly's version requirements and/or security identity and all information regarding the scope of the assembly. An assembly can contain the manifest file internally or externally. When the manifest file exists externally, ...

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