Overview of the .NET Framework 

This section provides conceptual overviews of the key features of the .NET Framework, including the common language runtime, the .NET Framework class library, and cross-language interoperability.

In This Section

.NET Framework Conceptual Overview

Introduces the .NET Framework architecture and its components.

Common Language Runtime

Explains the features and benefits of the common language runtime, a run-time environment that manages the execution of code and provides services that simplify the development process.

Common Type System

Identifies the types supported by the common language runtime.

Metadata and Self-Describing Components

Explains how the .NET Framework simplifies component interoperation by allowing compilers to emit additional declarative information, or metadata, into all modules and assemblies.

Cross-Language Interoperability

Explains how managed objects created in different programming languages can interact with one another.

Assemblies in the Common Language Runtime

Defines the concept of assemblies, which are collections of types and resources that form logical units of functionality. Assemblies are the fundamental units of deployment, version control, reuse, activation scoping, and security permissions.

Application Domains

Explains how to use application domains to provide isolation between applications.

.NET Framework Class Library Overview

Introduces the library of types provided by the .NET Framework, which expedites and optimizes the development process and gives you access to system functionality.

Runtime Hosts

Describes the runtime hosts supported by the .NET Framework, including ASP.NET, Internet Explorer, and shell executables.

Related Sections

.NET Framework Class Library Reference

Provides programming information about the classes, interfaces, and value types that are included in the .NET Framework SDK. This library provides access to system functionality and is designed to be the foundation on which .NET Framework applications, components, and controls are built.

What's New in the .NET Framework Version 2.0

Describes the new features in this release.

Community Additions