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ASP.NET Developer's JumpStart by Ken Getz, Paul D. Sheriff

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Overview of the .NET Framework

Clearly, a considerable amount of infrastructure is required to make XML Web Services transparent to the developers and users. The .NET Framework provides that infrastructure. To the .NET Framework, all components can be XML Web Services, and XML Web Services are just a kind of component. In effect, the .NET Framework takes the best aspects of the Microsoft Component Object Model (COM) and combines them with the best aspects of loosely coupled, XML-based computing. The result is a powerful, productive Web component system that simplifies programmer plumbing, deeply integrates security, introduces an Internet-scale deployment system, and greatly improves application reliability and scalability.

The .NET Framework ...

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