Difference between native and managed code


For example, when looking at the GlowCode profiler website it says:

"GlowCode 6.2 and x64 profile native, managed, and mixed C++, C#, .NET code"

What do they mean?

Best Answer

Native code is the code whose memory is not "managed", as in, memory isn't freed for you (C++' delete and C's free, for instance), no reference counting, no garbage collection. Managed code, you guessed it, is the code whose memory is free and allocated for you, garbage collection and other goodies.

Mixed code is when you have managed code that calls onto an unmanaged layer. Normally, when you have a pure unmanaged C++ DLL and you call it from .NET using P/invoke.