Shim

Shim is a generic term for any piece of code, usually in a DLL, that acts as an intermediary between two incompatible systems.  A typical use for a shim is to make an unmanaged DLL usable to a .NET program.  It would present a managed class interface to the .NET project and translate managed method calls to native method calls, marshaling the method arguments as needed.

The shim on .NET is the mscoree.dll and is the responsible to assign you the correct .NET version when you host the CLR.

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About Pranav

A Software Engineer by profession and a Geek at heart. I love exploring new technologies and working on algorithmic problems. As of now, I write code for bread, butter and satisfaction. I like to develop applications, and generally that involves much more than writing code. It’s not just about hurling code, but producing something meaningful that has a measurable and positive impact, helps others and solves interesting problems.

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