Understanding .NET (2nd ed.)

by David Chappell

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Microsoft's .NET is revolutionizing Windows-based software development. Since its initial release in 2002, .NET has changed significantly, becoming the foundation for a new generation of Windows applications. The .NET Framework and Visual Studio, the two core aspects of this initiative, provide a multilanguage environment in which developers can create Web services, graphical user interfaces, and other kinds of applications. Taken as a whole, the .NET technologies have changed the way nearly every Windows application is built.

Now fully updated for version 2.0 of the .NET Framework and Visual Basic 2005, Understanding .NET, Second Edition, is a concise guide to the landscape of Windows development. Margin notes, detailed diagrams, and lucid writing make this book easy to read and navigate, while analysis sections explore controversial issues and address common concerns. David Chappell's independent perspective and straightforward descriptions clarify both how the .NET technologies work and how they can be used.

Coverage includes

  • An overview of .NET and its goals
  • The Common Language Runtime (CLR)
  • The .NET languages, including C#, Visual Basic, and C++
  • The .NET Framework class library
  • Building Web Applications with ASP.NET
  • Accessing Data with ADO.NET
  • .NET framework integration with SQL Server 2005

The key to using a new technology is to understand the fundamentals. This book provides the robust foundation developers and technical managers need to make the right decisions and maximize the potential of this revolutionary framework.



  • Pearson Education; January 1753
  • ISBN: 9780321468093
  • Edition: 2
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF format
  • Title: Understanding .NET
  • Author: David Chappell
  • Imprint: Addison-Wesley Professional

About The Author

David Chappell is Principal of Chappell & Associates and the best-selling author of Understanding ActiveX and OLE (Microsoft Press) and other books. Through his speaking, writing, and consulting, David helps information technology professionals around the world understand, use, and make better decisions about new technologies.