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Beginning ASP.NET 3.5 in C# 2008: From Novice to Professional, Second Edition by Matthew MacDonald

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1.2. The .NET Framework

As you've already learned, the .NET Framework is really a cluster of several technologies. These include the following:

The .NET languages

These include Visual Basic, C#, JScript .NET (a server-side version of JavaScript), J# (a Java clone), and C++.

The Common Language Runtime (CLR)

This is the engine that executes all .NET programs and provides automatic services for these applications, such as security checking, memory management, and optimization.

The .NET Framework class library

The class library collects thousands of pieces of prebuilt functionality that you can "snap in" to your applications. These features are sometimes organized into technology sets, such as ADO.NET (the technology for creating database applications) ...

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