Creating single assembly from multiple projects

Hi,

I have created a solution containing number of projects. When I am building the solution, all the projects are building individually and for each project individual dlls are created in bin folder. I need to know if there is a way so that I can create a common dll/exe which i can give to client. I donot want to give so many dlls to my client. Also I donot want to create a setup/deployement project.

Any ideas????
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pg_indiaAsked:
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pg_indiaAuthor Commented:
Just to give an example I have a solution containing 3 projects. When i build them 3 different bin folders are created. I need a single dll/exe for it to work.
Ready1Commented:
you need to combine all three projects into a single project. What does your three projects do? do they all compile to a DLL?

Why not create a single project and seperate the three projects into folders with their own namespaces?

Regards,
Ready1
pg_indiaAuthor Commented:
Well thats a good solution to do but my client has a specific format of divinding a solution into different project.. so I cannot combine them intoa  single project and different folders.

any other solution is needed!!
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WinterMuteUKCommented:
There is another way, but you need to use the external compiler, you can't do it via Visual Studio:

lets say I have 3 projects, project1/2/3, on the command window, I open each of the project folders and call:

  csc /t:module project1.cs

this will create the file: project1.netmodule

once I have done this for all 3 projects I then call:

  csc /addmodule:project1.netmodule /addmodule:project2.netmodule /addmodule:project3.netmodule

Hope that helps
Wint.
WinterMuteUKCommented:
Just for reference, if you're aiming to produce a library only the syntax is:

  csc /t:library /out:SingleFile.dll /addmodule:Project1.netmodule /addmodule:Project2.netmodule /addmodule:Project3.netmodule

'csc' = C Sharp Compiler
'/t' = the target to be a library file (default is an exe) (in the above bit where we created netmodules we set the type to be module)
'/out' = the filename for the output dll
'/addmodule'  = adds the given module to the compiled output.

Wint.

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WinterMuteUKCommented:
Oh and one more :)

If you're projects have more than one file (i.e. Project1 has class1.cs and class2.cs files), you compile it like so:

   csc /t:module class1.cs class2.cs


(think i'm done now!!)
Wint.
devsolnsCommented:
imo, if it made sense to break the solution up into three different projects then it surely makes sense to break the assemblies up into three different projects!  i dont understand the rational behind needing to combine.
WinterMuteUKCommented:
Distribution is one of the main reasons to combine the dlls, but there are others:

  1. It enables each project to be written in a different language - you can combine vb,c#,c++ netmodules together,
  2. You can optimize the CLR by putting related types in the same dll, so they are all loaded into memory at the same time,
      - seldom used types are in another module, which is loaded when needed, providing a smaller footprint (obviously this can backfire).
  3. You can included data only modules (xml, images, sound etc) (using AL.exe -- Assembly Linker)

Wint.
WinterMuteUKCommented:
I'm interested!

Wint.
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