The .NET Framework pronounced dot net is a software framework that runs primarily on Microsoft Windows. It includes a large library and supports several programming languages which allows language interoperability each language can use code written in other languages. Programs written for the .NET Framework execute in a software environment as contrasted to hardware environment, known as the Common Language Runtime CLR, an application virtual machine that provides important services such as security, memory management, and exception handling. The class library and the CLR together constitute the .NET Framework.
There are four main principles of .NET from the perspective of the user:
- It erases the boundaries between applications and the Internet. Instead of interacting with an application or a single Web site, .NET will connect the user to an array of computers and services that will exchange and combine objects and data.
- Software will be rented as a hosted service over the Internet instead of purchased on a store shelf. Essentially, the Internet will be housing all your applications and data.
- Users will have access to their information on the Internet from any device, anytime, anywhere.
- There will be new ways to interact with application data, such as speech and handwriting recognition.