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Building on Core Components

The core components of the .NET Compact Framework consist of the common language runtime plus the following components:

  • Rich subsets of the full .NET Framework class library, including support for XML Web services, Windows Forms, data, drawing, and others.

  • Classes that support Infrared Connections.

  • Controls and components in the Microsoft.WindowsCE.Forms namespace.

  • Types that support managed Mobile Direct3D Programming.

  • The Visual C# and Visual Basic 2005 language components.

These core components provide a foundation for writing applications for the devices and platforms listed in Supported Devices and Platforms.

Microsoft and third parties can build optional components that extend the functionality of the .NET Compact Framework, such as database, messaging, and specific user interface components. For an example, see SQL Server Compact Edition with the .NET Compact Framework.

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