If you are going to build Web-based applications with the .NET Framework, it's helpful to have a general understanding of the Common Language Runtime, managed execution, assemblies, the common type system, cross-language interoperability, and the way ASP.NET page execution works.

This chapter discussed, at a high level, what the .NET Framework is and how it fits into the overall .NET “big picture.” It also covered the Common Language Runtime (CLR), metadata and what it is used for, application domains, and the cross-language features available in the .NET Framework.

The next chapter discusses the planning of the B2C site. Specifically, we will discuss the goals, features, page and layout issues, integration considerations, architecture ...

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