Common Language Runtime (CLR) Integration Programming Concepts
Beginning with SQL Server 2005, SQL Server features the integration of the common language runtime (CLR) component of the .NET Framework for Microsoft Windows. This means that you can now write stored procedures, triggers, user-defined types, user-defined functions, user-defined aggregates, and streaming table-valued functions, using any .NET Framework language, including Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C#.
By default, the .NET Framework is installed with SQL Server, but the .NET Framework SDK is not. Without the SDK installed on your computer and included in the Books Online collection, links to SDK content in this section do not work. Install the .NET Framework SDK. Once installed, add the SDK to the Books Online collection and table of contents by following the instructions in Install the .NET Framework Documentation.
The following table lists the topics in this section.
Describes how assemblies are used in SQL Server to deploy functions, stored procedures, triggers, user-defined aggregates, and user-defined types that are written in one of the managed code languages hosted by the Microsoft .NET Framework common language runtime (CLR), and not written in Transact-SQL.