Examining the .NET Compact Framework in Detail

The .NET Compact Framework does not exist in a vacuum. It rests upon three layers of technology: the Common Language Runtime, the Just-In-Time compiler, and the Windows CE Operating System. Figure 2.1 is a block diagram that describes how an application that targets the .NET Compact Framework interacts with the .NET Compact Framework and the layers below.

Figure 2.1. This block diagram depicts the .NET Compact Framework architecture.

Figure 2.1 gives us a launching pad for discussing the architecture of the .NET Compact Framework. The discussion starts at the deepest level and works upward.

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