Assembly Element (Visual Studio Templates)

 

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Specifies information about an assembly, which the template uses to add a reference of that assembly to projects.

<VSTemplate>
<TemplateContent>
<References>
<Reference>
<Assembly>

<Assembly> AssemblyName </Assembly>  

The following sections describe attributes, child elements, and parent elements.

Attributes

None.

Child Elements

None.

Parent Elements

ElementDescription
ReferenceSpecifies the assembly reference to add when the item is added to a project.

A text value is required.

This text specifies the assembly to add to a project when the item template is instantiated. This assembly name must be specified in one of the following ways:

  • As a full assembly name. For example:

    <Assembly>  
        MyAssembly, Version=1.0.3300.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a, Custom = null.  
    </Assembly>  
    
    
  • As simple text reference. For example:

    <Assembly> System </Assembly>  
    
    

Assembly is a required child element of Reference.

The Reference, References, and Assembly elements can only be used in .vstemplate files that have a Type attribute value of Item.

The following example illustrates the TemplateContent element of an item template. This XML adds references to the System.dll and System.Data.dll assemblies.

<TemplateContent>  
    <References>  
        <Reference>  
            <Assembly>  
                System, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089  
            </Assembly>  
        </Reference>  
        <Reference>  
            <Assembly>  
                System.Data, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089  
            </Assembly>  
        </Reference>  
    </References>  
    ...  
</TemplateContent>  

Visual Studio Template Schema Reference
Creating Project and Item Templates

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