Organizations bloated with inefficient processes produce piggy, sluggish software.
 McConnell, Steve. After the Gold Rush. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Press, 1999. Page 67.
I've included a discussion of .NET in this book because Microsoft has announced that SQL Server will include support for .NET's Common Language Runtime in its next version. Even if this wasn't the case, it makes sense to get up to speed now with .NET. It's coming, and it's coming very soon.
At the time of this writing, the .NET Framework and Visual Studio.NET have not yet been released. Some of the details may have changed between the time this was written and the present.
I've had this feeling at least three ...