Appendix B. Common Acronyms

Table B-1 provides a listing of common acronyms or terms that you will come across in .NET-related reading materials and conversations. Some of these acronyms or terms have little relevance to .NET, but appear occasionally in this book, so we’ve provided them in this table for your convenience.

Table B-1. List of common acronyms

Acronym

Description

.ASMX

File extension for Web Services source-code files.

.ASPX

File extension for ASP.NET source-code files.

.CFG

File extension of .NET application configuration files.

ADO

ActiveX Data Objects.

ADO+

This term is no longer used as of Beta 1 of the .NET SDK. The new and accepted term is ADO.NET.

API

Application Programming Interface.

AppDomain

Short term to mean an application domain.

ASP

Active Server Pages.

ASP+

This term is no longer used as of Beta 1 of the .NET SDK. The new and accepted term is ASP.NET.

ATL

Active Template Library.

BCL

Base Class Library.

BLOB

Binary Large Object.

CAB Files

Cabinet files.

CCW

COM Callable Wrapper.

CLI

Common Language Infrastructure. This is a subset of the CLR and base class libraries that Microsoft has submitted to ECMA so that a third-party vendor can build a .NET runtime on another platform.

CLR

Common Language Runtime.

CLS

Common Language Specification.

CLSID

Class identifier used in COM.

COFF

Common Object File Format.

COM

Component Object Model.

COM Interop

Short for COM interoperation. ...

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