Type Reflection, Late Binding, and Attribute-Based Programming
As you have seen, assemblies are the basic unit of deployment in the.NET universe. Tools such as Visual Studio.NET have integrated Object Browsers that allow you to examine the internal types of referenced assemblies (as well as the assembly you happen to be building). Furthermore, external tools such as ildasm.exe allow us to peek into the underlying CIL code, type metadata, and assembly manifest. In addition to this design-time investigation of.NET assemblies, you are also able to programmatically obtain this same information using the types defined within the System.Reflection namespace.
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