.NET is Microsoft's vision of "software as a service", a development environment in which you can build, create, and deploy your applications, and develop the next generation of components, termed Web Services. All of Microsoft's major flagship products from Visual Studio to Windows, and eventually Office are gradually being integrated into the vision, and they will all offer services that will allow greater integration between products. .NET will allow developers to develop in whatever language they are comfortable with, via the introduction of a common language runtime, whilst at the same time provide "building block services" to ease application development.
Introducing .NET is designed to tell you exactly what you need to know, to cut through the fog and to bring you a clear picture of what .NET is, and what you can expect to be able to do using it.
Who is this Book For?
This book is for experienced developers at the leading edge, or for businesses that
want to stay one step ahead of the competition. The different sections of .NET are in varying stages of completion, and all are in beta programs, therefore a high degree
of technical competence and awareness of technologies such as COM, COM+, ASP
and VB is required on the part of the reader. Some experience of C, C+ +, or Java
would be advantageous to anyone new to C#, although it's not essential.
What Does this Book Cover?
• Examines the .NET Framework in detail
• Explains what is and isn't part of .NET
• Examines how the different parts fit together
• Covers VB.NET and C# as two languages for .NET development
• Provides examples of .NET in action