Lidin, Serge. Inside Microsoft .NET IL Assembler. Redmond, WA, USA: Microsoft Press. ISBN: 0735615470

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[ 2003-September-03 00:00 ]

The only book (I think) that actually looks at MSIL. This is essential if you are working on compilers for Microsoft's CLR, and is a very useful reference if you are debugging CLR code. The most part of the book is the first couple of chapters that explain the metadata structure. After that, you will be able to read IL declarations and ildasm output, which is really all you need. You don't really need to understand every line of executible code.