Chapter 2. Introduction to the .NET Framework

Microsoft .NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework are among the least understood terms in the IT industry. Microsoft isn’t entirely innocent in this regard; the original marketing promotions didn’t quite use the terms properly either and marketing campaigns ended up using them for pretty much any purpose anyone could think of as the first version of .NET Framework approached release.

So, the first version of Windows Server 2003 was still called .NET Server, but the only thing it contained that had anything to do with .NET was a pre-installed .NET Framework. The user interface (UI) of the operating system itself didn’t rely on ...

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