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What is .Net?

Is there a reference that describes what .Net is? Not a language book but a overview of the design philosophy or architecture.

John McQuilling
Thursday, November 28, 2002

.NET is not some single product. It is a whole strategy of MS that can be expressed (as it seem to me) so: "Connect everything". So it includes an execution framework for applications, a set of development technologies, a set of server products, a set of services that can be used in applications et al. Also .NET is a marketing stuff, so there lot of products with .NET in their names.

If you'd like to find out what .NET means for developers, you can start from and read the MSDN library at
I can't advise you any printbook (English for me is a foreign lang.), but MS course "Programming .NET framework with C#" is fine to start with.

Good luck.

Mikhail Andronov
Friday, November 29, 2002

I found "Introducing Microsoft.NET" by David Platt an excellent general introduction to .NET framework.  It's not a programming tutorial, it's a discussion of how .NET supports applications and application development.

Friday, November 29, 2002

I think the whole .NET concept is shrinking a little bit. I've noticed that the MS server commercials on TV were using the line "That's business with .NET", but now they've taken out all the .NET references in those commercials because the ".NET is everything" campaign was confusing a lot of people.

It's kind of funny to see their marketing strategy backfire on them like that.

Guess I won't be getting any socks.NET for Christmas now.

Chris Guest
Friday, November 29, 2002

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.NET Framework Essentials
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