.NET Fully Qualified Names

Per Platinumdogs:

Types within an assembly also have a fully qualified name (this is the 5 part name) and is composed of the following elements seperated by the , (comma) character;

  1. The types fully qualified (by namespace) type name
  2. The assembly name (without the .DLL extension)
  3. The version
  4. The culture
  5. The assemblies public key token

The first two are critical for config files that need a class name for instantiation, such as WCF or Quartz.net.  So, you’ll often end up with something like:

namespace.className, assemblyName

Forget the “comma +” assembly name and it’s usually a no go.

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