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Microsoft® Visual J#™ .NET (Core Reference) by John/Longshaw, Andy Sharp

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The .NET Framework Class Library

The .NET Framework incorporates a comprehensive library of classes and other types that are essential for building applications. This library provides access to the underlying operating system and adds a level of abstraction that allows you to write portable code that can run on any machine that has the common language runtime installed.

In developing the .NET Framework Class Library, Microsoft paid particular attention to the fact that the routines and objects contained in it had to be usable by a wide (and indeterminate) range of programming languages. Therefore, as much functionality as possible had to be made available using only CLS-compliant types and methods. Microsoft also met the following goals:

  • The library ...

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