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Applied Microsoft® .NET Framework Programming by Jeffrey Richter

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The Common Language Specification

COM allows objects created in different languages to communicate with one another. On the other hand, the CLR now integrates all languages and allows objects created in one language to be treated as equal citizens by code written in a completely different language. This integration is possible because of the CLR’s standard set of types, self-describing type information (metadata), and common execution environment.

While this language integration is a fantastic goal, the truth of the matter is that programming languages are very different from one another. For example, some languages don’t treat symbols with case-sensitivity or don’t offer unsigned integers, operator overloading, or methods that support a variable ...

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