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2. The .NET Platform

In the last chapter we looked at how the process of application development works, and examined the specification process and compilation methods. In this chapter, we’ll start narrowing our focus by looking at the .NET Platform, the environment in which most C# applications run.

The .NET Platform (just “dot Net” to its friends), includes the .NET FRAMEWORK, the programming and runtime infrastructure we’ll be studying, as well as servers like SQL Server that manages data, and tools like Visual Studio and Expression Studio.

We’ll also get out feet wet in this chapter by writing your first real, live application, the traditional “Hello, World!” that’s a rite of passage for all beginning programmers.

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