The .NET Framework Version Landscape

Over the years, various versions of the .NET Framework have been released. In this book, we cover the latest (at the time of this writing) release of the .NET Framework, version 4.5, which goes hand in hand with the Visual Studio 2012 release.

Does that mean you can’t use the knowledge you gain from .NET 4.5 programming to target older releases of the framework? Certainly not! Although the .NET Framework has grown release after release, the core principles have remained the same, and a good part of the evolution is to be found at the level of additional application programming interfaces (APIs) that are made available through the class libraries. A similar observation of evolution obviously holds on the level ...

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