.NET was built for cross-language compatibility – for .NET components to interact with each other irrespective of the language they are written in. The .NET framework includes a common base class library (an object oriented collection of reusable types) that multiple languages can access and a common language runtime that works similar to a VM.
With the .NET framework, developers use the same set of skills to build reusable and customizable solutions for the web, devices such as phones, services, and more. Languages supported by the.NET framework are expansive, which is why developers can take advantage of latest tools and technologies to build the right solutions. The supported languages include APL, C#, C++, Java, Jscript, Python, Perl, Ruby, Visual Basic, Scala, and COBOL among others.
.NET is part of many applications that run on the Web and the framework is widely used across enterprises. It is embedded into the Windows OS and forms the basis of commonly used applications such as content management systems, Visual Studio (also a development platform for the .NET framework), real-time online chat programs, database and file management tools, websites and portals, multimedia tools, e-commerce platforms, user management tools, and a whole lot more.
Why is the .NET Framework ideal for enterprise applications?
.NET provides a multi-language development platform with the required security advancements, management tools, and updates to build, test, and deploy secure and reliable software built on static or dynamic languages. The .NET Compact Framework supports development and deployment of managed apps on resource-constrained devices. The .NET Micro Framework provides support for smaller devices. The same programming model can be extended from small devices to the cloud, greatly reducing the time to market for enterprises.
Windows Presentation Foundation brings the experience of high-fidelity, creative, graphic rich applications that blend Windows UI, media and documents. The Silverlight runtime works great in delivering .NET-based media experiences, advertising and rich interactive applications (RIAs).
With ASP.NET, web developers can create anything from a small website to an enterprise-class dynamic app. ASP.NET AJAX adds to the capability with personalized and interactive Web experiences. ADO.NET provides data access and infrastructure for the Web and other platforms.
For service-oriented programming Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) brings together an array of distributed systems capabilities in a composite and extensible architecture, spanning transports, security systems, messaging patterns, encodings, network topologies, and hosting models. This makes .NET Framework the perfect choice for mission critical enterprise apps.
The .NET Framework has come of age with the .NET Framework 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010. You have a chance to get it straight from Microsoft at the and Connections to be held in Las Vegas, NV (October 31-November 3).
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