The Road to the .NET Framework

The .NET Framework marks a monumental shift for Windows developers. It is the result of billions of dollars being spent in research and development. Before discussing the .NET Framework, however, let's take a rapid-fire tour through some of the events that led up to it. By looking at the history of Microsoft's development platforms, you can gain an appreciation for many of the important factors that have influenced the architecture and design of the .NET Framework.

In the beginning, there was DOS. Microsoft's very first desktop operating system was specifically designed to run on the Intel x86 architecture. DOS was a very successful product that gained industry-wide acceptance largely because it enabled software ...

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