Chapter 9 Understanding .NET

In This Chapter

History of .NET

Downloading and Installing Visual Studio 2008

Creating a Silverlight 2 Application in Visual Studio 2008

Intellisense

Programming C# with Basic Constructs

.NET was officially released in 2002 and was a small revolution in the Windows programming world. Inspired in many ways by the Java programming language, but learning from and improving on Java’s weaknesses (especially the speed of startup and of execution), the so-called “managed languages” (C#, VB.NET, and so on…) also brought with them a tremendous gain in productivity towards classic Windows programming technologies.

Together with .NET, many libraries and thousands of objects were released. It can be a little overwhelming at ...

Get Silverlight 2 Unleashed now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.