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The .NET framework has been around for a while now—the first pre-beta release was in July 2000. You can see the major milestones in the life of the framework in figure 9.1.
Figure 9.1. Timeline for the .NET framework
The most prevalent installed version of .NET (and the minimum requirement for running IronPython) is version 2.0, which dates back to 2005. It includes dramatic improvements to the C# language (including support for generics), the runtime, and numerous class ...