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A Programmer's Guide to .NET by Alexei Fedorov

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Chapter 1. .NET platform overview

In this chapter we will provide an overview of the Microsoft .NET platform and discuss its main components. Microsoft .NET can be considered from different points of view. As a platform, it consists of the following product groups.

  • Development tools A set of languages, including C#, VB.NET, J#, a set of development tools, including Visual Studio.NET (a suite of language-independent developer tools, a set of programming interfaces), .NET Framework (for building web and Windows applications, as well as web services), and Common Language Runtime, which is the execution engine for .NET Framework applications ...

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