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What exactly is the .NET Framework?

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I am asking this question because I have heard of it many times, and downloaded a program called Paint .NET, have heard of VB.NET, but I don't know what it is. I am a kid, so please give a simple, clear explanation. Thanks in advance
Mar 16 '13 #1
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Start by reading the wikipedia entry for it:
Mar 18 '13 #2

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The .NET Framework is an extension to the Windows Operating System since 2002. The current Version is 4.5. It contains a runtime that executes applications written in a language called "Intermedia Language" (IL). Language Compilers like Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET) compile the source code into this IL Code so it can be executed by the .NET Framework runtime. The .NET Framework also contains thousands of functions that all .NET applications can use for doing everything from computing a square root to download the content of a web file.
Mar 24 '13 #3

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