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No Symbols Loaded

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What does this mean ? I get it when I try to run any of my code.

'DefaultDomain': Loaded 'c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v1.1.4322\mscorlib.dll', No symbols loaded.
'TEST': Loaded 'E:\VB_PROJECTS\TEST\bin\TEST.exe', Symbols loaded.
'TEST.exe': Loaded 'c:\windows\assembly\gac\system.windows.forms\1.0.5000.0__b77a5c561934e089\system.windows.forms.dll', No symbols loaded.
'TEST.exe': Loaded 'c:\windows\assembly\gac\system\1.0.5000.0__b77a5c561934e089\system.dll', No symbols loaded.
'TEST.exe': Loaded 'c:\windows\assembly\gac\system.drawing\1.0.5000.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a\system.drawing.dll', No symbols loaded.

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by:prakash_prk
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Hi dunnieboy

Note that your Application does have symbols loaded so this is your
project in 'Debug' mode. Symbols are used for debugging in all
programming languages. The DLL's which have no symbols loaded such as
the mscorlib.dll are already debugged and are in release ( They come like
this with VS.NET ). So these messagese are fine.

Try setting your Application4 project properties to RELEASE rather than
DEBUG and when you build it you will find that you will see the 'No
symbols loaded' message.

Regards
Prakash
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The assemblies with "no symbols loaded" are not debug builds (for instance, they are
not a part of your project, or they are OS or third-party DLLs) and have no symbols.

If they are Windows assemblies or DLLs, and you subscribe to MSDN (at the
Professional level or above, I believe) then you can install "symbols" for your
OS from the appropriate OS's symbols CDs/DVD in your subscription binder.
Third-parties MAY also offer symbols for their libraries, but their policies vary
(and its common for vendors not to provide any symbols at all).

If the assemblies showing "no symbols loaded" belong to you, then make sure
they are getting loaded from an appropriate location, are debug builds, and
have .pdb files at the same location as the dll (Visual Studio will normally copy
the .pdb with a recently built debug assembly as long as your project's references
are correct.)
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Why my answer is wrong?
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