AssemblyName Constructor (String)

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Initializes a new instance of the AssemblyName class with the specified display name.

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

Syntax

Public Sub New ( _
    assemblyName As String _
)
public AssemblyName(
    string assemblyName
)

Parameters

Exceptions

Exception Condition
ArgumentNullException

assemblyName is nullNothingnullptra null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

ArgumentException

assemblyName is a zero-length string.

FileLoadException

The referenced assembly could not be found, or could not be loaded.

Remarks

The supplied assemblyName is parsed, and the appropriate fields of the new AssemblyName are initialized with values from the display name. This is the recommended way of parsing display names. We do not recommend writing your own code to parse display names.

Version Notes

Windows Phone

If assemblyName is an invalid string, AssemblyName throws a FileLoadException instead of an IOException.

Examples

This section contains two examples. The first example shows how to use the AssemblyName(String) constructor to parse a string that contains a full assembly name. The second example shows how to create an assembly name and use it to define a dynamic assembly.

Example 1

The following example gets the full name of a .NET Framework assembly, parses it by using the AssemblyName(String) constructor, and uses the properties and methods of AssemblyName to display the individual parts.

Imports System.Reflection

Public Class Example
   Private Const mask As Byte = 15

   Public Shared Sub Demo(ByVal outputBlock As System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock)

      ' Use AssemblyName to parse full assembly names. In this example, the 
      ' assembly is mscorlib.dll.
      Dim name As String = GetType(String).Assembly.FullName
      Dim asmName As New AssemblyName(name) 

      outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("Name: {0}" & vbLf, asmName.Name)

      outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("Version: {0}" & vbLf, asmName.Version)

      outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("CultureInfo: {0}" & vbLf, asmName.CultureInfo)

      Dim pkt As New System.Text.StringBuilder()
      For Each b As Byte In asmName.GetPublicKeyToken()
          pkt.Append(Hex(b \ 16 And mask) & Hex(b And mask))
      Next b
      outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("PublicKeyToken: {0}" & vbLf, pkt.ToString())

      outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("FullName: {0}" & vbLf, asmName.FullName)

   End Sub

End Class

' This example produces output similar to the following:
'
'Name: mscorlib
'Version: 2.0.5.0
'CultureInfo: 
'PublicKeyToken: 7CEC85D7BEA7798E
'FullName: mscorlib, Version=2.0.5.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=7cec85d7bea7798e
using System;
using System.Reflection;

public class Example
{
   private const byte mask = 15;
   private const string hex = "0123456789ABCDEF";

   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
   {
      // Use AssemblyName to parse full assembly names. In this example, the 
      // assembly is mscorlib.dll.
      string name = typeof(string).Assembly.FullName;
      AssemblyName asmName = new AssemblyName(name);

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("Name: {0}\n", asmName.Name);

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("Version: {0}\n", asmName.Version);

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("CultureInfo: {0}\n", asmName.CultureInfo);

      System.Text.StringBuilder pkt = new System.Text.StringBuilder();
      foreach( byte b in asmName.GetPublicKeyToken() )
      {
         pkt.Append(hex[b / 16 & mask]);
         pkt.Append(hex[b & mask]);
      }
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("PublicKeyToken: {0}\n", pkt.ToString());

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("FullName: {0}\n", asmName.FullName);
   }
}

/* This example produces output similar to the following:

Name: mscorlib
Version: 2.0.5.0
CultureInfo: 
PublicKeyToken: 7CEC85D7BEA7798E
FullName: mscorlib, Version=2.0.5.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=7cec85d7bea7798e
 */

Example 2

The following example creates an AssemblyName and uses it to create a dynamic assembly.

Imports System.Reflection
Imports System.Reflection.Emit

Public Class Example

   Public Shared Sub Demo(ByVal outputBlock As System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock)

      ' Create an AssemblyName, set its properties, and use it to define a dynamic
      ' assembly.
      Dim aName As New AssemblyName("MyDynamicAssembly")
      aName.CultureInfo = New System.Globalization.CultureInfo("en-US")
      aName.Version = New Version("1.0.0.2001")

      Dim ab As AssemblyBuilder = _
         AppDomain.CurrentDomain.DefineDynamicAssembly(aName, _
                                                       AssemblyBuilderAccess.Run)
      Dim mb As ModuleBuilder = ab.DefineDynamicModule("Temp")
      Dim tb As TypeBuilder = mb.DefineType("Dummy", TypeAttributes.Public)

      Dim t As Type = tb.CreateType()

      outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("Assembly FullName: {0}" & vbLf, _
                                        t.Assembly.FullName) 
   End Sub
End Class

' This code example produces output similar to the following:
'
'Assembly FullName: MyDynamicAssembly, Version=1.0.0.2001, Culture=en-US, PublicKeyToken=null
using System;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Reflection.Emit;

public class Example
{
   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
   {
      // Create an AssemblyName, set its properties, and use it to define a dynamic
      // assembly.
      AssemblyName aName = new AssemblyName("MyDynamicAssembly");
      aName.CultureInfo = new System.Globalization.CultureInfo("en-US");
      aName.Version = new Version("1.0.0.2001");

      AssemblyBuilder ab = 
         AppDomain.CurrentDomain.DefineDynamicAssembly(aName, AssemblyBuilderAccess.Run);
      ModuleBuilder mb = ab.DefineDynamicModule("Temp");
      TypeBuilder tb = mb.DefineType("Dummy", TypeAttributes.Public);

      Type t = tb.CreateType();

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("Assembly FullName: {0}\n", t.Assembly.FullName);
   }
}

/* This code example produces output similar to the following:

Assembly FullName: MyDynamicAssembly, Version=1.0.0.2001, Culture=en-US, PublicKeyToken=null
 */

Version Information

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0

Platforms

Windows Phone

See Also

Reference

AssemblyName Class

AssemblyName Overload

System.Reflection Namespace