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ASP.NET by Example by Steven A. Smith

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The .NET Framework

Currently, the .NET framework will run on the following operating systems: Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. (We expect that this list of operating systems will eventually include third-party O/Ss, so we recommend that you check “http://msdn.microsoft.com/net/” to check for any new additions to that list.)

From a high-level view, the .NET Framework can be described as a little virtual operating system that runs on top of one of the operating systems we mentioned. A closer inspection would reveal that the framework is made up of two main components: the .NET Class Library and the Common Language Runtime (CLR).

Class Orientation

The .NET Class Library is a huge organized hierarchy of class objects, shown in ...

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