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A Programmer's Guide to .NET by Alexei Fedorov

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2.3. Conclusion

In this chapter we have discussed the Common Language Runtime. We have learned about the components of the Common Language Runtime and discussed the concept of managed code, which includes compiler-generated code in Microsoft Intermediate Language, metadata, as well as Just-in-Time compiling into the native, platform-dependent code.

We have also discussed assemblies and the global assembly cache, and we have seen the role of both under .NET. At the end of the chapter we briefly touched on the topic of the Common Type System and said that it is used to specify the types supported by the Common Language Runtime.

In the next chapter, we will start our journey through the .NET Framework class library – a set of namespaces, classes, ...

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