In this book, you will develop Windows application using Visual Studio .NET. Under the hood, you will be using the Framework Class Libraries (FCL) to write applications that run on the Common Language Runtime (CLR). Both FCL and CLR are part of a larger framework called the .NET Framework. In this section, I'll give you an overview of the .NET Framework, various development tools, and basic object-oriented concepts that you will need right from the beginning.
An Overview of the .NET Framework
The Microsoft .NET Framework is a new computing platform for developing distributed applications. It provides several new features that enhance application development. The following are some of these features:
Consistent development model— ...