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Developing Components

.NET Framework 1.1

This section defines what a component is and provides an overview of .NET Framework programming concepts that are especially relevant to component programming. While the term component has many meanings, in the .NET Framework a component is a class that implements the System.ComponentModel.IComponent interface or one that derives directly or indirectly from a class that implements this interface.

If you want your components and controls to be usable from other programming languages, you must author them in a Common Language Specification (CLS)-compliant language and ensure that all public and protected members are CLS-compliant. The .NET Framework SDK provides compilers for four CLS-compliant languages — Visual Basic .NET, C#, the Managed Extensions for C++, and JScript .NET. For more information about the CLS, see What is the Common Language Specification?.

In This Section

Class vs. Component vs. Control
Provides definitions for the terms component and control.
Properties Overview
Provides an overview of properties in the .NET Framework.
Raising Events from a Component
Provides links to topics that describe how to raise events.
Design-Time Attributes for Components
Describes design-time metadata attributes for components.
Licensing Components and Controls
Describes how to implement licensing for components.

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