Provides a hint to the common language runtime (CLR) indicating how likely a dependency is to be loaded. This class is used in a dependent assembly to indicate what hint should be used when the parent does not specify the DependencyAttribute attribute. This class cannot be inherited.
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
This attribute is used by the Native Image Generator (Ngen.exe) to generate native assembly images.
Apply the attribute to a dependent assembly to determine the preferred default binding.
A dependency that is likely to be loaded (Always) will cause Ngen.exe to bind to that dependency. Using this hint allows Ngen.exe to generate code that will result in a reduced working set and improved throughput but at the cost of always loading the dependency when the parent assembly is loaded.
When you apply the DependencyAttribute attribute to an assembly with a value of Default, the native image generation service consults the dependent assembly for its preferred default binding, which is specified by the attribute.
The following code example demonstrates how to apply the attribute to an assembly to specify that the dependency is likely to be loaded.
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