# Tuesday, 18 May 2010
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More IKVM.Reflection fixes and some improvements to ikvmc and ikvmstub.


  • Allow ikvmstub to work with -nostdlib and an explicit path to mscorlib.
  • Fixed ikvmc/ikvmstub assembly resolver to recognize mscorlib by its name, not by having a System.Object type.
  • ikvmc/ikvmstub: Added strong named assembly version "policy" support. Reject lower versions, accept higher versions with optional warning and prefer exact matches.
  • ikvmc/ikvmstub: Added check to avoid loading assemblies that require a newer version of mscorlib than the one were using (to avoid weird exceptions and potential other problems).
  • ikvmc/ikvmstub: Base assembly ref/def matching on Universe.CompareAssemblyIdentity().
  • Changed StaticCompiler.GetType() to be multi-target aware. Instead of looking thru all assemblies currently loaded, only the relevant referenced assemblies are searched. Note that this is a (minor) breaking change. Types referenced in -remap:map.xml file are now only resolved against directly referenced assemblies.
  • Fixed ikvmc regression in custom assembly class loader module constructor support.
  • IKVM.Reflection: It turns out that mscorlib is special cased by the runtime. Any name with a simple name of "mscorlib" is considered mscorlib.
  • IKVM.Reflection: Made mscorlib handling more explicit (and simpler) and fixed Import() to not load assemblies directly, but go through the resolve event.
  • IKVM.Reflection: Added Assembly.CodeBase property and fixes Assembly.GetName() and AssemblyName.GetAssemblyName() to set the CodeBase of the AssemblyName.
  • IKVM.Reflection: Fixed GetReferencedAssemblies() to set AssemblyName.CultureInfo when it's the invariant culture and to set AssemblyName.Flags.
  • IKVM.Reflection: Added AssemblyName.ToString().
  • IKVM.Reflection: Set flags in AssemblyName returned by Assembly.GetName().
  • IKVM.Reflection: Support setting the Retargettable assembly name flag.
  • IKVM.Reflection: Added implementation of Fusion's CompareAssemblyIdentity API.
  • IKVM.Reflection: Added RawModule to allow user code to load and inspect a module without it becoming part of the universe and later import it efficiently into the universe.
  • IKVM.Reflection: Made Universe.HasMscorlib internal and removed the now obsolete Universe.LoadMscorlib().
  • IKVM.Reflection: Added protection against accidentally importing any IKVM.Reflection type, not just Type.

Binaries available here: ikvmbin-0.43.3790.zip

Tuesday, 18 May 2010 16:58:24 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]
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