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AssemblyName.ReferenceMatchesDefinition Method

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Returns a value indicating whether the loader resolves two assembly names to the same assembly.

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

public static bool ReferenceMatchesDefinition (
	AssemblyName reference,
	AssemblyName definition
public static boolean ReferenceMatchesDefinition (
	AssemblyName reference, 
	AssemblyName definition
public static function ReferenceMatchesDefinition (
	reference : AssemblyName, 
	definition : AssemblyName
) : boolean



The reference assembly name.


The assembly name that is compared to the reference assembly.

Return Value

true if the loader resolves definition to the same assembly as reference; otherwise, false.

Both reference and definition are resolved by the loader, including policy evaluation, and then definition is tested for equality to reference.

The order of comparison is important, because the method tests whether the loader will accept definition to satisfy a load request for reference. Such mappings are not necessarily two-way.

For example, you might compare "MyAssembly, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null" with "MyAssembly, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null".

If the handler for the AssemblyResolve event has a reference display name, it can pass the display name of an available assembly as the definition parameter, to see if the available assembly would satisfy the load request. If so, the handler can return the available assembly.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0