Programming with Components
The designer architecture in Visual Studio lets you assemble non-visual component classes as easily as you assemble Visual Basic forms. The following sections explain how to create your own components, and how to assemble them from the sophisticated components in the .NET Framework classes.
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 theinterface or one that derives directly or indirectly from a class that implements this interface. The default base class implementation of the IComponent interface is .
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, C#, C++, and J#. For more information about the CLS, see.
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Provides definitions for the terms component and control.
Describes component architecture, terminology, design, and implementation.