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How to reference a non-COM dll without using DllImport attribute

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Is there a way to reference a non-COM dll without using the [DllImport("dllname.dll")] syntax?  I was thinking you could add a reference to a dll and it would essentially create it's own namespace.  Instead, I get an error about the dll not being COM compliant.  The DllImport is fine for smaller dlls.  But if you want to add a dll that contains hundreds of functions, the code becomes pretty bulky and time consuming to create.
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I don't think you can....

If this is a .Net (aka "managed") dll, then you can use Assembly.GetAssembly() and pInvoke methods.  If this is another type of dll (aka "un-managed" and compiled to native machine code), then you *have* to use DllImport.

At least... that has always been my understanding.
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