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Migrating to .NET: A Pragmatic Path to Visual Basic .NET, Visual C++ .NET, and ASP.NET by Meghana Deshpande, Manu Gupta, Narayana Rao Surapaneni, Prashant Halari, Dhananjay Katre

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Chapter 1. Microsoft .NET Framework

Microsoft .NET has been considered a paradigm shift in the world of Web application development and deployment. Web services are being envisioned as the next big step in Internet and Internet technology. Microsoft .NET simplifies the development of Web services; in fact, development of Web services has been one of the major design goals behind .NET. Let’s understand what Microsoft .NET Framework is and what benefits it gives to the application developer in terms of development efforts and platforms. This chapter gives an introduction to the .NET Framework, and it gives the reader an overview of the Common Language Runtime (CLR), Common Type System (CTS), and Common Language Specification (CLS). The chapter also ...

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