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Last modified: Monday, August 02, 2004 

A Microsoft operating system platform that incorporates applications, a suite of tools and services and a change in the infrastructure of the company's Web strategy.

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.

.NET depends on four Internet standards:

Microsoft views this new technology as revolutionary, enabling Internet users to do things that were never before possible, such as integrate fax, e-mail and phone services, centralize data storage and synchronize all of a users computing devices to be automatically updated.

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A Comprehensive Analysis of .NET 
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A Web Services Primer 
A review of the emerging XML-based web services platform, examining the core components of SOAP, WSDL and UDDI.

Introducing .NET 
This manuscript is Chapter 1 .NET Overview from the Wrox Press book Introducing .NET.

Picking a Winner: .NET vs. J2EE 
Although both frameworks stand on a foundation of programming languages, object models and virtual machines, they are strikingly different when you consider the design goals of their runtime environment.

The .NET Mailing List 
Join the list and discuss with developers solutions and problems regarding Microsoft's .NET.

.NET Home Page
A guide to .NET news and information.

Calling a Web Service Asynchronously
Web services are the talk of the Net; however, there is little information on Web Services with Visual C++. Discover how to call a Web service asynchronously using Visual C++ .NET.

How Do J2EE and .NET Measure Up?
As the dominant platforms for enterprise and ASP applications as well as Web services, it's tempting to picture Sun's J2EE and Microsoft's .NET in a winner-take-all fight to the finish. However, the competition is more complicated than that.

Microsoft .NET vs. J2EE
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Speech Enable Your Web Application
Spice up your Web application by using the .NET Speech SDK to build a SALT-based, speech-enabled ASP.NET Web user control.

The Joy of Rotor
Microsoft has released "Rotor," their shared-source version of the .NET Framework. The good, the bad, and the ugly of this million+ lines of code.

Use Custom Attributes
This January 2003 article from Visual Studio magazine shows the user how to add powerful new functionality and behaviors to .NET code.

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