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Framework Tools for .NET

Microsoft supplies an array of tools and utilities that you need when you go beyond simple applications. These utilities include ILDASM (and ILASM), NGEN, GACUTIL, AL, VBC, and SN. These articles show you how to use these tools and explain the concepts behind the .NET Framework

Framework Tools - About the Tools
Microsoft supplies an array of tools and utilities that you need when you go beyond simple applications. These utilities include ILDASM (and ILASM), NGEN, GACUTIL, AL, VBC, and SN. If those names are all just alphabet soup to you, you can learn how to use them in the series of articles introduced here.

Framework Tools - ILDASM
Microsoft supplies an array of tools and utilities that you need when you go beyond simple applications. These utilities include ILDASM (and ILASM), NGEN, GACUTIL, AL, VBC, and SN. This article is about the ILDASM utility - the Intermediate Language Dis-Assembler - and is part of a series.

Assemblies in .NET: What they are and how to manage them
Assemblies in .NET: What they are and how to manage them

Framework Tools - NGEN
Microsoft supplies an array of tools and utilities that you need when you go beyond simple applications. These utilities include ILDASM (and ILASM), NGEN, GACUTIL, AL, VBC, and SN. This article is about the NGEN utility - the Native Image Generator - and is part of a series.

The Object Object
The Object object is the root of the entire .NET Framework. That means that the methods and properties of Object are available all the time and in every .NET Framework object because everything inherits from Object. This Quick Tip tells you about it.

Data types in VB.NET
Data types in VB.NET

Framework Tools - SN
Microsoft supplies an array of tools and utilities that you need when you go beyond simple applications. These utilities include ILDASM (and ILASM), NGEN, GACUTIL, AL, VBC, and SN. This article is about SN - the Strong Name Utility - and is part of a series.

Versions of Your Programs
When it was introduced, .NET provided an easy way to mark each version of your program with a "Major, Minor, Build, and Revision" number. But it seems that every good thing gets complicated and that has happened here too. There are three of these numbers now and they can all be different. And there are at least four places where you will see...

The .NET Framework - Assemblies
The assembly is the fundamental unit of code in .NET. Systems are made of assemblies and the most basic properties - security, data typing, versioning - are defined for assemblies. This article explains what they are and how an assembly is used in your system.

Framework Tools - GACUTIL
Microsoft supplies an array of tools and utilities that you need when you go beyond simple applications. These utilities include ILDASM (and ILASM), NGEN, GACUTIL, AL, VBC, and SN. This article is about GACUTIL - the Global Assembly Cache Utility - and is part of a series.

Visual Basic .NET 2010 Express - The .NET Framework and Objects
Visual Basic .NET and all the other .NET languages are just the top layer on a pretty incredible (and growing) body of software. Like icebergs, you normally don't see most of the .NET Framework. But in lesson 5 of the About Visual Basic .NET 2010 Express tutorial, we take a detailed look at the pieces that are in the .NET Framework. We finish up...

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