.NET Framework Class Library in Visual Studio
The .NET Framework class library is comprised of namespaces. Each namespace contains types that you can use in your program: classes, structures, enumerations, delegates, and interfaces.
When you create a Visual Basic or Visual C# project in Visual Studio, the most common base class DLLs (assemblies) are already referenced. However, if you need to use a type that is in a DLL not already referenced, you will need to add a reference to the DLL. For more information, see Adding and Removing References.
The topics below provide the following information:
Lists of the most important namespaces for each feature area.
Links to reference topics in the .NET Framework about each major namespace.
Links to procedural and conceptual topics about how to use those namespaces in your Visual Basic .NET and Visual C# .NET applications.
In This Section
- Introduction to the .NET Framework Class Library in Visual Studio
Explains namespaces and assemblies.
- Programming Basics Namespaces in Visual Studio
Covers the .NET namespaces for collections, character encodings, file I/O, and threading.
- Data Namespaces in Visual Studio
Covers the namespaces in the .NET Framework for manipulating and accessing data from traditional data sources and from standards-based XML.
- Web Namespaces in Visual Studio
Covers .NET namespaces for ASP.NET Web applications and XML Web services.
- Windows Applications Namespaces in Visual Studio
Covers the namespaces in the .NET Framework for creating rich Windows applications and graphics with Windows Forms.
- Component Model Namespaces in Visual Studio
Covers the namespaces for implementing the run-time and design-time behavior of components and controls.
- Framework Services Namespaces in Visual Studio
Covers the namespaces for interacting with a variety of back-end server resources.
- Security Namespaces in Visual Studio
Covers the namespaces that provide the underlying structure of the .NET Framework security system and that implement ASP.NET security in Web applications.
- Network Namespaces in Visual Studio
Covers the namespace that provides a simple programming interface to many of the protocols found on the network.
- Configuration Namespaces in Visual Studio
Covers the namespaces that work with .NET Framework configuration settings and handle errors in configuration files, and that allow you to write custom installers for components.
- Globalization and Localization Namespaces in Visual Studio
Provides links to the namespaces in the .NET Framework that are designed for developing world-ready applications.
- Reflection Namespaces in Visual Studio
Covers the namespace that provides a managed view of loaded types, methods, and fields, with the ability to dynamically create and invoke types.
- Visual Basic Runtime Namespace in Visual Studio
Describes the modules, enumerations, and attributes that provide the properties, functions, and constants you can use in Visual Basic .NET applications.