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What is an assembly in . net and why it is not related to registry?

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What is an assembly in . net and why it is not related to registry?
posted Nov 30, 2013 by Atul Mishra

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Why it is not related with registry that is actually not clear so i am not giving that answer. But in my concern i have i am going to give you below. I hope it will help you.

Assembly is the smallest unit of deployment of a .net application. It can be a dll or an exe.

There are mainly two types to it:

Private Assembly: The dll or exe which is sole property of one application only. It is generally stored in application root folder

Public/Shared assembly: It is a dll which can be used by multiple applications at a time. A shared assembly is stored in GAC i.e Global Assembly Cache.

GAC is simply C:\Windows\Assembly folder where you can find the public assemblies/dlls of all the softwares installed in your PC.

There is also a third and least known type of an assembly: Satellite Assembly
A Satellite Assembly contains only static objects like images and other non-executable files required by the application.

answer Mar 13, 2014 by Manish Tiwari