Chapter 3. The Windows Runtime and .NET

This chapter covers

  • Windows Store app system architecture
  • The Windows Runtime
  • .NET 4.5

At the start of 2000, after everyone stopped panicking about the impending Y2K doom, I got hold of some of the first alpha builds of what would eventually be .NET 1.0. I was part of a group that went around delivering two days of training on the upcoming .NET. At first, there was no IDE, and the bits were for building ASP.NET (or ASP Plus) pages. Nevertheless, to this VB6 programmer, it was clearly revolutionary, especially the brand-new C# language and the actual library of usable classes. (Remember, VB6 had no base class library.)

Six and a half years later, I got some of the first bits for Silverlight and went ...

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