Building on Core Components

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