.NET Framework Overview

The Internet is evolving from a collection of isolated Web sites into a general communication bus for distributed applications. Not only could the applications be geographically separate, but they also could be running on different hardware and OS platforms. Yet, they can communicate with each other over the Internet. The key that makes this communication possible is Web services, a mechanism to exchange messages between distributed applications using industry standards such as XML and HTTP.

The .NET Framework was designed from the ground up around this vision. Support for XML and Web services is built into the framework. Any application developed for .NET has the potential to run on a variety of hardware and OS platforms. ...

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