Kirk Evans is a Microsoft Architect for the Azure Center of Excellence.
Introduction to SharePoint and Azure IaaS
Building SharePoint Apps with Windows Azure Platform as a Service
SharePoint Solutions and Architectures on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services
Understanding Authentication and Permissions with Apps for SharePoint and Office
I am in training this week with Andrew Connell (by far the best SharePoint training I have ever attended), learning about SharePoint development. As I get started with my deep dive into learning SharePoint, something that comes up a lot is the need to find the public key token of the current .NET assembly. He just showed a great shortcut.
In Visual Studio, go to the Tools menu and choose External Tools.
That brings up a new dialog window. Click the Add button and add the following:
Title: Get &PublicKeyToken
Command: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A\Bin\sn.exe
Arguments: -Tp $(TargetPath)
Check the Use Output Window checkbox. The final looks like this:
Create a project and sign it using a strong name key. Then choose Tools / Get PublicKeyToken, and in the output window you will see something like the following:
Microsoft (R) .NET Framework Strong Name Utility Version 3.5.21022.8
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Public key is
Public key token is 9589fa1be527eb6c
Just copy the last value and put it into your assembly's 5-part name.
Funny, I just got in the habit a long, long time ago of loading ildasm, copying the public key token, and then manually removing the spaces from that value. Or, more recently, loading up Reflector and loading the assembly just to get the public key token. Never even thought of this time saver, just using sn.exe from Visual Studio as an external tool.
Absolutely brilliant. Like you, I didn't even think about doing this. Certainly makes life easier for SP developers..
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That is perfect. Thank you thank you :)
WoW thts so helpful thank you very much :D
You are the man, Kirk.