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C# and the .NET Framework

Before .NET

The C# programming language was designed for developing programs for Microsoft’s .NET Framework. This chapter gives a brief look at where .NET came from and its basic architecture. To start off, let’s get the name right: C# 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, C, or C++. Some C and C++ ...

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