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Type Library to Assembly Conversion Summary 

This section describes how the import conversion process transforms type information as it converts a COM-style type library to .NET Framework metadata.

The .NET Framework provides both tools and an API to perform type library to assembly conversion. Although you have several mechanisms for generating an assembly from a type library, each produces the same results. For simplicity, this section describes only the Type Library Importer (Tlbimp.exe) tool in conjunction with the conversion rules for importing type information. For a description of alternative mechanisms for importing an assembly, see Importing a Type Library as an Assembly.

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Imported Library Conversion

Describes how the import process converts type library information.

Imported Module Conversion

Describes how the import process converts modules containing the definitions of constants and methods.

Imported Type Conversion

Describes how the import process converts interfaces, classes, structures, enumerations, constants, and typedefs.

Imported Member Conversion

Describes how the import process converts methods, properties, and events.

Imported Parameter Conversion

Describes how the import process handles parameter conversions.

Related Sections

Exposing COM Components to the .NET Framework

Describes how to use COM components from .NET-based applications.

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