Chapter 1. What Is Microsoft .NET?

.NET is Microsoft’s vision of applications in the Internet age. .NET provides enhanced interoperability features based upon open Internet standards. .NET improves the robustness of classic Windows applications. .NET offers developers a new programming platform and superb tools, with XML playing a fundamental role.

Microsoft .NET is a platform built on top of the operating system. Three years in the making before the public announcement, .NET represents a major investment by Microsoft. .NET has been influenced by other technological advances such as XML, Java™, and COM.

Microsoft .NET provides:

  • The Common Language Runtime, a robust runtime platform.

  • Multiple language development, with no language being more preferred ...

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