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C# 5.0 Unleashed by Bart De Smet

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The Multilanguage Aspect of .NET

As mentioned before, the .NET platform is a multilanguage platform, meaning different programming languages can be used to build .NET applications and class libraries. Right from the introduction of the .NET Framework, both Microsoft and external vendors offered a rich set of languages compatible with the runtime, its type system, and the CLS. At the time of this writing, tens of languages (according to Wikipedia) have been implemented on top of the runtime.

The core languages provided by Microsoft as part of the .NET Framework 4.5 software development kit (SDK) and the Visual Studio 2012 language family are as follows:

Visual Basic .NET: A language immediately familiar to people who’ve written (classic) Visual ...

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