Unmanaged API Reference

This section includes information on unmanaged APIs that can be used by managed-code-related applications, such as runtime hosts, compilers, disassemblers, obfuscators, debuggers, and profilers.

In This Section

Common Data Types
Lists the common data types that are used, particularly in the unmanaged profiling and debugging APIs.

ALink
Describes the ALink API, which supports the creation of .NET Framework assemblies and unbound modules.

Authenticode
Supports the Authenticode XrML license creation and verification module.

Constants
Describes the constants that are defined in CorSym.idl.

Custom Interface Attributes
Describes component object model (COM) custom interface attributes.

Debugging
Describes the debugging API, which enables a debugger to debug code that runs in the common language runtime (CLR) environment.

Diagnostics Symbol Store
Describes the diagnostics symbol store API, which enables a compiler to generate symbol information for use by a debugger.

Fusion
Describes the fusion API, which enables a runtime host to access the properties of an application's resources in order to locate the correct versions of those resources for the application.

Hosting
Describes the hosting API, which enables unmanaged hosts to integrate the CLR into their applications.

Metadata
Describes the metadata API, which enables a client such as a compiler to generate or access a component's metadata without the types being loaded by the CLR.

Profiling
Describes the profiling API, which enables a profiler to monitor a program's execution by the CLR.

Strong Naming
Describes the strong naming API, which enables a client to administer strong name signing for assemblies.

Tlbexp Helper Functions
Describes the two helper functions and interface used by the Type Library Exporter (Tlbexp.exe) during the assembly-to-type-library conversion process.

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