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The Friend keyword confers friend access on one or more declared programming elements. Friend elements are accessible from within the program that contains their declaration and from anywhere else in the same assembly.
The Friend keyword can be used in conjunction with the Protected keyword in the same declaration. This combination confers both friend and protected access on the declared elements, so they are accessible from the same assembly, from their own class, and from any derived classes.
The Friend keyword is used in these contexts: