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Visual C#® 2012: How to Program, Fifth Edition by Harvey Deitel, Paul Deitel

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1.9. Microsoft’s .NET

In 2000, Microsoft announced its .NET initiative (www.microsoft.com/net), a broad vision for using the Internet and the web in the development, engineering, distribution and use of software. Rather than forcing you to use a single programming language, .NET permits you to create apps in any .NET-compatible language (such as C#, Visual Basic, Visual C++ and many others). Part of the initiative includes Microsoft’s ASP.NET technology.

1.9.1. .NET Framework

The .NET Framework executes apps and contains the .NET Framework Class Library, which provides many capabilities that you’ll use to build substantial C# apps quickly and easily. The .NET Framework Class Library has thousands of valuable prebuilt classes that have been tested ...

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