When you face a bug, there are 2 types of emails you can send:
- Dan, I get this error calling your Registration.dll? or
- Dan, I get this error calling your Registration.dll and I have investigated it. As per our conversation, I have changed this xxx to this xxx.
The 2nd option is preferable.
The simple rule is:
- If there are no bugs then reference the assembly, and
- If there are bugs in the project (or any project it references [See note below]) then reference the project.
Since most applications have bugs, therefore most of the time you should be using the second option.
If it is a well tested component and it is not changing constantly, then use the first option.
- Add the project to solution (if it is not in the solution). Figure: Add existing project
- Select the "References" folder of the project you want to add references to, right click and select "Add Reference...".
Figure: Add reference
- Select the projects to add as references and click OK. Figure: Select the projects to add as references
Note: We have run into a situation where we reference a stable project A, and an unstable project B. Project A references project B. Each time project B is built, project A needs to be rebuilt.
Now, if we reference stable project A by dll, and unstable project B by project according to this standard, then we might face referencing issues, where Project A will look for another version of Project B ?the one it is built to, rather than the current build, which will cause Project A to fail.
To overcome this issue, we then reference by project rather than by assembly, even though Project A is a stable project. This will mitigate any referencing errors.