Assemblies in the Common Language Runtime
Assemblies are the building blocks of .NET Framework applications; they form the fundamental unit of deployment, version control, reuse, activation scoping, and security permissions. An assembly is a collection of types and resources that are built to work together and form a logical unit of functionality. An assembly provides the common language runtime with the information it needs to be aware of type implementations. To the runtime, a type does not exist outside the context of an assembly.
In This Section
Provides an overview of the functions performed by assemblies.
Describes how assemblies help solve versioning problems and DLL conflicts.
Describes the elements that make up an assembly.
Describes the data in the assembly manifest, and how it is stored in assemblies.
Global Assembly Cache
Describes the global assembly cache and how it is used with assemblies.
Describes the characteristics of strong-named assemblies.
Assembly Security Considerations
Discusses how security works with assemblies.
Provides an overview of the .NET Framework versioning policy.
Discusses where to locate assemblies.
Assemblies and Side-by-Side Execution
Provides an overview of using multiple versions of the runtime or of an assembly simultaneously.
The .NET Framework class that represents assemblies in the type system.