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Applied Microsoft® .NET Framework Programming by Jeffrey Richter

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The .NET Framework Class Library

Included with the .NET Framework is a set of .NET Framework Class Library (FCL) assemblies that contains several thousand type definitions, where each type exposes some functionality. All in all, the CLR and the FCL allow developers to build the following kinds of applications:

  • XML Web services. Methods that can be accessed over the Internet very easily. XML Web services are, of course, the main thrust of Microsoft’s .NET initiative.

  • Web Forms. HTML-based applications (Web sites). Typically, Web Forms applications will make database queries and Web service calls, combine and filter the returned information, and then present that information in a browser using a rich HTML-based user interface. Web Forms provides a ...

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