AssemblyName.FullName Property


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Gets the full name of the assembly, also known as the display name.

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

Public ReadOnly Property FullName As String

Property Value

Type: System.String

A string that is the full name of the assembly, also known as the display name.

The display name typically consists of the simple name, version number, supported culture, and public key. For example:

mylib, Version=1.2.1900.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=a14f3033def15840

Writing your own code to parse display names is not recommended. Instead, pass the display name to the AssemblyName constructor, which parses it and populates the appropriate fields of the new AssemblyName.

When an assembly is loaded, this value can also be obtained using the Assembly.FullName property.

The following example emits a dynamic assembly and saves it to the current directory. When the assembly is created, the code example sets the Name, Version, CultureInfo, and KeyPair properties, which together comprise an assembly's full name, or display name. The FullName property is then used to retrieve the display name.

Imports System
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic
Imports System.Reflection
Imports System.Threading
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Globalization
Imports System.Reflection.Emit
Imports System.Configuration.Assemblies

Public Class AssemblyName_CodeBase

   Public Shared Sub MakeAssembly(myAssemblyName As AssemblyName, fileName As String)
      ' Get the assembly builder from the application domain associated with the current thread.
      Dim myAssemblyBuilder As AssemblyBuilder = Thread.GetDomain().DefineDynamicAssembly(myAssemblyName, AssemblyBuilderAccess.RunAndSave)
      ' Create a dynamic module in the assembly.
      Dim myModuleBuilder As ModuleBuilder = myAssemblyBuilder.DefineDynamicModule("MyModule", fileName)
      ' Create a type in the module.
      Dim myTypeBuilder As TypeBuilder = myModuleBuilder.DefineType("MyType")
      ' Create a method called 'Main'.
      Dim myMethodBuilder As MethodBuilder = myTypeBuilder.DefineMethod("Main", MethodAttributes.Public Or MethodAttributes.HideBySig Or MethodAttributes.Static, GetType(object), Nothing)
      ' Get the Intermediate Language generator for the method.
      Dim myILGenerator As ILGenerator = myMethodBuilder.GetILGenerator()
      ' Use the utility method to generate the IL instructions that print a string to the console.
      myILGenerator.EmitWriteLine("Hello World!")
      ' Generate the 'ret' IL instruction.
      ' End the creation of the type.
      ' Set the method with name 'Main' as the entry point in the assembly.
   End Sub 'MakeAssembly

   Public Shared Sub Main()

      ' Create a dynamic assembly with name 'MyAssembly' and build version ''.
      Dim myAssemblyName As New AssemblyName()
      ' Set the codebase to the physical directory were the assembly resides.
      myAssemblyName.CodeBase = Directory.GetCurrentDirectory()
      ' Set the culture information of the assembly to 'English-American'.
      myAssemblyName.CultureInfo = New CultureInfo("en-US")
      ' Set the hash algoritm to 'SHA1'.
      myAssemblyName.HashAlgorithm = AssemblyHashAlgorithm.SHA1
      myAssemblyName.Name = "MyAssembly"
      myAssemblyName.Version = New Version("")
      MakeAssembly(myAssemblyName, "MyAssembly.exe")

      ' Get all the assemblies currently loaded in the application domain.
      Dim myAssemblies As [Assembly]() = Thread.GetDomain().GetAssemblies()

      ' Get the dynamic assembly named 'MyAssembly'. 
      Dim myAssembly As [Assembly] = Nothing
      Dim i As Integer
      For i = 0 To myAssemblies.Length - 1
         If [String].Compare(myAssemblies(i).GetName().Name, "MyAssembly") = 0 Then
            myAssembly = myAssemblies(i)
         End If
      Next i ' Display the full assembly information to the console.
      If Not (myAssembly Is Nothing) Then
         Console.WriteLine(vbCrLf & "Displaying the full assembly name" & vbCrLf)
      End If
   End Sub 
End Class 

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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