Friday, March 07, 2003

no more DLL hell

Developers and users alike who primarly work on Microsoft Windows X platforms have been through hell and back for years with applications crashing/refusing to work/demanding isolation thanks to DLL version conflicts. Windows Server 2003 (whenever it hits the market) hopes to bring an end to this with a technology going by the incomprehensible marketing tag of Global Assembly Cache. In simple lay terms this new fancy hi-tech appendage simply indexes all DLLs with a unique key for each one composed of a set of attributes. This uniqueness allows two versions of the same DLL to co-exist. Of course, we now only have to deal with legacy applications and software that hasn't yet been written to take advantage of this feature that hasn't been released yet.

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