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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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.NET Compact Framework Class Libraries

From the developer’s point of view, the interesting parts of the .NET Compact Framework are the class libraries. This huge selection of classes and APIs are the building blocks of any .NET application. They provide an abstraction from the operating system services, allowing developers to add functionality to programs in a consistent manner, regardless of the programming language or operating environment. Before .NET, the Windows developer chose between a bewildering array of different technologies, such as Visual Basic, or Visual C++ with the Win32 API, with MFC, or with ATL. All these approaches had different ways of achieving even fairly basic things, such as file I/O. With the .NET Compact Framework, regardless ...

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