An assembly reference often refers to using an assembly dll in a SharePoint custom project. The Microsoft.SharePoint.dll needs to be referenced to use SharePoint classes and methods in a SharePoint custom code development project.

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Mutliple solutions using shared dlls can cause havoc when individual solutions are retracted

Problem: Multiple solutions using shared dll's can cause havoc when individual solutions are retracted. Example: You have a web part helper dll used by all your web part code. If you retract a ...