The Avalon Assembly project is a API dealing with container-side management. It includes facilities supporting the management of component types, services, deployment profiles, and a component activation unit referred to as an appliance.
Typically a component based system will contain code that is dealing with the establishment and deployment of components - as distinct from component implementation concerns. The assembly API is completely focussed on the first concern - resources and facilities supporting container-side programming.
AvalonAssemblyStatusReportOne 07 January 2002