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Application Development Using Visual Basic® and .NET by Dana L. Wyatt, Peter Thorsteinson, Robert J. Oberg

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A New Programming Platform

Let us look at what we have just discussed from the point of view of .NET as a new programming platform:

  • Code can be validated to prevent unauthorized actions.

  • It is much easier to program than the Win32 API or COM.

  • All or parts of the platform can be implemented on many different kinds of computers (as has been done with Java).

  • All the languages use one class library.

  • Languages can interoperate with each other.

There are several important features to the .NET platform:

  • .NET Framework

  • Common Language Runtime

  • Multiple language development

  • Development tools

.NET Framework

Modern programming relies heavily on reusable code provided in libraries. Object-oriented languages facilitate the creation of class libraries, which are flexible, ...

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