WHAT’S IN THIS CHAPTER?
- Compiling and running code that targets .NET
- Advantages of Microsoft Intermediate Language (MSIL)
- Value and reference types
- Data typing
- Understanding error handling and attributes
- Assemblies, .NET base classes, and namespaces
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THE RELATIONSHIP OF C# TO .NET
This book emphasizes that the C# language must be considered in parallel with the .NET Framework, rather than viewed in isolation. The C# compiler specifically targets .NET, which means that all code written in C# always runs within the .NET Framework. This has two important consequences for the C# language:
Because of this dependence, you must gain some understanding of the architecture and methodology of .NET before you begin C# programming, which is the purpose of this chapter.
C# is a programming language newly designed for .NET. and is significant in two respects:
- It is specifically designed and targeted for use with Microsoft’s .NET Framework (a feature-rich platform for the development, deployment, and execution of distributed applications).
- It is a language based on the modern object-oriented design methodology, and when designing it Microsoft learned from the experience of ...