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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 in the .NET Compact Framework.
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 Devices and Platforms Supported by the .NET Compact Framework.
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. SQL Server Compact Edition, for example, provides database support.