ITextTemplatingEngineHost.ResolveAssemblyReference Method

Allows a host to provide additional information about the location of an assembly.

Namespace:  Microsoft.VisualStudio.TextTemplating
Assembly:  Microsoft.VisualStudio.TextTemplating (in Microsoft.VisualStudio.TextTemplating.dll)

string ResolveAssemblyReference(
	string assemblyReference


Type: System.String

The assembly to resolve.

Return Value

Type: System.String
A String that contains the specified assembly reference or the specified assembly reference with additional information.

If the user has specified the optional assembly directive in a text template, the engine calls this method. This method can be called 0, 1, or multiple times, for each text template transformation. For more information, see Directive Syntax (Domain-Specific Languages).

A host can search for the assembly in different locations, in the order it prefers, or add a path of its choosing to the start of the assembly reference.

The following code example shows a possible implementation for a custom host. This code example is part of a larger example. For the complete example, see Walkthrough: Creating a Custom Text Template Host.

public string ResolveAssemblyReference(string assemblyReference)
    //if the argument is the fully qualified path of an existing file,
    //then we are done (this does not do any work)
    if (File.Exists(assemblyReference))
        return assemblyReference;

    //the assembly might be in the same folder as the text template that 
    //called the directive
    string candidate = Path.Combine(Path.GetDirectoryName(this.inputFile), assemblyReference);
    if (File.Exists(candidate))
        return candidate;
    //this can be customized to search specific paths for the file,
    //or to search the GAC

    //this can be customized to accept paths to search as command line

    //if we cannot do better - return the original file name
    return "";

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