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.NET Framework Essentials, 3rd Edition by Hoang Lam, Thuan L. Thai

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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.

.config

File extension of .NET application configuration files.

ADO

ActiveX Data Objects.

ADO.NET

With goals similar to ADO, ADO.NET is the way to access data sources in .NET.

API

Application Programming Interface.

AppDomain

Short term to mean an application domain.

ASP

Active Server Pages.

ASP.NET

With goals similar to ASP, ASP.NET is the technology that supports the rapid development of Web Forms.

ATL

Active Template Library.

BLOB

Binary Large Object.

CAB Files

Cabinet files.

CCW

COM Callable Wrapper.

CLI

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

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 ...

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