Understanding the .NET Framework Namespaces

If you have browsed through online documentation for the .NET Framework, you've noticed that it is organized hierarchically. This is similar to the way the MFC library is organized; however, the organization of the .NET Framework is not entirely based on class derivation as it is with the MFC library.

The .NET Framework organization begins with the top-level namespaces System and Microsoft, which contain other namespaces, classes, value types, interfaces, delegates, and enumerations. The use of namespaces provides organization of related code elements without the use of derivation. For example, the System::Windows::Forms namespace contains the Form class, which implements the Windows Form, as well as ...

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