Chapter 1. C# and the .NET Framework

Before .NET

The C# programming language was designed for developing programs for Microsoft's .NET Framework. This chapter will take a brief look at where .NET came from, and its basic architecture. Just to make sure you're starting on the right foot, let me take this opportunity to remind you of what is hopefully the obvious: C# sharp is pronounced see sharp.[1]

Windows Programming in the Late 1990s

In the late 1990s, Windows programming using the Microsoft platform had fractured into a number of branches. Most programmers were using Visual Basic (VB), C, or C++. Some C and C++ programmers were using the raw Win32 API, but most were using the Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC). Others had moved to the Component ...

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