DefaultDependencyAttribute Class

Provides a hint to the common language runtime (CLR) indicating how likely a dependency is to be loaded. This class is used in a dependent assembly to indicate what hint should be used when the parent does not specify the DependencyAttribute attribute. This class cannot be inherited.

System.Object
  System.Attribute
    System.Runtime.CompilerServices.DefaultDependencyAttribute

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

'Declaration
<SerializableAttribute> _
<AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Assembly)> _
Public NotInheritable Class DefaultDependencyAttribute _
	Inherits Attribute

The DefaultDependencyAttribute type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodDefaultDependencyAttributeInitializes a new instance of the DefaultDependencyAttribute class with the specified LoadHint binding.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyLoadHintGets the LoadHint value that indicates when an assembly loads a dependency.
Public propertyTypeIdWhen implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute. (Inherited from Attribute.)
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  NameDescription
Public methodEqualsInfrastructure. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodGetHashCodeReturns the hash code for this instance. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodIsDefaultAttributeWhen overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodMatchWhen overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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  NameDescription
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetIDsOfNamesMaps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoRetrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoCountRetrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1). (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.InvokeProvides access to properties and methods exposed by an object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
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This attribute is used by the Ngen.exe (Native Image Generator) to generate native assembly images.

Apply the DefaultDependencyAttribute attribute to a dependent assembly to determine the preferred default binding.

A dependency that is likely to be loaded (Always) will cause Ngen.exe to bind to that dependency. Using this hint allows Ngen.exe to generate code that will result in a reduced working set and improved throughput but at the cost of always loading the dependency when the parent assembly is loaded.

When you apply the DependencyAttribute attribute to an assembly with a value of Default, the native image generation service consults the dependent assembly for its preferred default binding, which is specified by the DefaultDependencyAttribute attribute.

The following code example demonstrates how to apply the DefaultDependencyAttribute attribute to an assembly to specify that the dependency is likely to be loaded.

Imports System.Runtime.CompilerServices

<Assembly: DefaultDependencyAttribute(LoadHint.Always)> 
Module Program


    Sub Main(ByVal args() As String)
        Console.WriteLine("The DefaultDependencyAttribute attribute was applied.")
    End Sub 


End Module

.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.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
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