AppDomain.ExecuteAssemblyByName Method (String)

Executes an assembly given its display name.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

member ExecuteAssemblyByName : 
        assemblyName:string -> int

Parameters

assemblyName
Type: System.String

The display name of the assembly. See Assembly.FullName.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The value returned by the entry point of the assembly.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

assemblyName is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

FileNotFoundException

The assembly specified by assemblyName is not found.

BadImageFormatException

The assembly specified by assemblyName is not a valid assembly.

-or-

Version 2.0 or later of the common language runtime is currently loaded and assemblyName was compiled with a later version.

AppDomainUnloadedException

The operation is attempted on an unloaded application domain.

FileLoadException

The assembly specified by assemblyName was found, but could not be loaded.

MissingMethodException

The specified assembly has no entry point.

The ExecuteAssemblyByName method provides similar functionality to the ExecuteAssembly method, but specifies the assembly by display name or AssemblyName rather than by file location. Therefore, ExecuteAssemblyByName loads assemblies with the Load method rather than with the LoadFile method.

The assembly begins executing at the entry point specified in the .NET Framework header.

This method does not create a new process or application domain, and it does not execute the entry point method on a new thread.

To create the AppDomain to load and execute, use the CreateDomain method.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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