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The BCL and the CLR

Generics, LINQ, the Task Parallel Library (TPL) … these are some of the big-ticket items that have been introduced in previous versions of the .NET Framework. With this release of the framework, it is not so much about game changers or new features but rather about consolidation for the future.

Support for asynchrony has seen the biggest change in the Base Class Library (BCL) with more classes and interfaces, especially in the System.IO namespace, exposing new methods that utilize the TPL to facilitate a more robust asynchronous programming model. Improving performance has also been the focus of the BCL team, ...

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