C Sharp

Creating Assemblies that Have Multiple Modules

You can place both of the modules in our example into the same assembly in two ways. The first way is to change the switches used with the compiler. Here's an example: -

// Module2Server.cs
// build with the following command line switches
//     csc /t:module Module2Server.cs
internal class Module2Server

Notice that we can now use the internal access modifier so that the class is only accessible to code within the assembly.

// Module2ClientApp.cs
// build with the following command line switches
//     csc /addmodule:Module2Server.netmodule Module2ClientApp.cs
using System;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Reflection;
class Module2ClientApp
    public static void Main()
        Assembly DLLAssembly =
        Console.WriteLine("Module1Server.dll Assembly Information");
        Console.WriteLine("\t" + DLLAssembly);
        Process p = Process.GetCurrentProcess();
        string AssemblyName = p.ProcessName + ".exe";
        Assembly ThisAssembly = Assembly.LoadFrom(AssemblyName);
        Console.WriteLine("Module1Client.dll Assembly Information");
        Console.WriteLine("\t" + ThisAssembly);

Notice how Module2Server.cs and Module2Client.exe are built: -

csc /t:module Module2Server.cs
csc /addmodule:Module2Server.netmodule Module2Client.cs

First you must remove the /r switch because that switch is used only to reference assemblies and now both modules will reside in the same assembly. Then you must insert the /addmodule switch, which is used to tell the compiler which modules to add to the assembly that's being created.

Building and running the application now yields these results: -

Module1Server.dll Assembly Information
    Module2Client, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null
Module1Client.dll Assembly Information
    Module2Client, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null

Another way to create an assembly is with the Assembly Generation tool. This tool will take as its input one or more files that are either .NET modules (containing MSIL) or resource files and image files. The output is a file with an assembly manifest. For example, you would use the Assembly Generation tool if you had several DLLs and you wanted to distribute and version them as a single unit. Assuming that your DLLs were named A.DLL, B.DLL and C.DLL, you would use the al.exe application to create the composite assembly as follows: -