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Microsoft® .NET Compact Framework (Core Reference) by Mark Sutton, Rory MacLoed, Robert Burbidge, Stephen Wheelwright, Andy Wigley

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Chapter 1. Introducing the .NET Compact Framework

Microsoft .NET is often referred to in the press as "Microsoft’s platform for Web services." The .NET Framework does make it very easy to build applications that make use of XML Web services, but that wasn’t the reason for creating it. It just happened that XML Web services became established as an industry force at about the same time that Microsoft was devising its next-generation application runtime environment and developer tools. As Bill Gates put it at the launch of Visual Studio .NET on February 13, 2002: "The .NET vision incorporates more than just Web services. It talks about how people use these things, being able to get their information at any time, any place, on any device, pocket-sized ...

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