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Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4 Platform, Fifth Edition by Andrew Troelsen

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1.2. The .NET Solution

So much for the brief history lesson. The bottom line is that life as a Windows programmer has historically been tough. The .NET Framework is a rather radical and brute-force approach to making our lives easier. As you will see during the remainder of this book, the .NET Framework is a software platform for building systems on the Windows family of operating systems, as well as on numerous non-Microsoft operating systems such as Mac OS X and various Unix/Linux distributions. To set the stage, here is a quick rundown of some core features provided courtesy of .NET.

  • Interoperability with existing code: This is (of course) a good thing. Existing COM binaries can commingle (i.e., interop) with newer .NET binaries and vice ...

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