Chapter 15. The .NET Framework Class Library

After completing this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Identify the components of the Microsoft .NET Framework.

  • Work with the major components of the .NET Framework.

  • Recognize the main namespaces that make up the .NET Framework class library.

In previous chapters, you learned how to use C++/CLI to build simple applications. Now, it’s time to move on to learn how to build real Microsoft .NET applications that involve GUIs, databases, web servers, and all the other mechanisms needed by the modern Microsoft Windows application. And that’s where the .NET Framework comes in.

The .NET Framework is the library of classes that you use to build Windows applications. It is large, complex, and far-reaching in its scope. ...

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