Installing .NET Assemblies
In many ways, installation of a basic.NET application consisting of a client program and one or more code libraries is a return to the pre-COM world. You can install the client program and the code libraries to an application folder and the application just works. Assemblies are different though—you can strongly name them, they can have a special shared location (the GAC), and there are enough XML configuration opportunities that you could be forgiven for thinking that DLL Hell has been replaced by XML Hell. In the Windows Installer world, there are new tables that install assemblies, as well as deployment choices, such as whether you should install an assembly in the GAC or not.
KeywordsRegistry Entry Configuration File Class Library Client Program Assembly Version
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