Microsoft has developed the .NET framework from computers running the Windows Operating System. It is compatible with Windows NT 4.0, Windows 98 and all the new Windows versions. The framework consists of pre-coded solutions which enable access to a solution library for a huge range of objectives. The objectives include database connectivity, interface, data access, developing web application and network communications.
The .NET framework combines a CLR or Common Language Runtime and BCL or Base Class Library. CLR enables exception handling, security and memory management. The framework is licensed as being open source. People could use, redistribute and manipulate it for free. Microsoft is open-sourcing more of its .NET developer framework and programming languages. The company already helped build another foundation for open-sourcing the technologies.
Moving forward, Microsoft expects to release as open source more of the .NET libraries and frameworks through the new foundation. It is also looking for contributions from commercial sellers and members of the development community. Members of the community include representatives from Umbraco, Glimpse, GitHub IdentityMine and several other companies.
There are more than six million programmers and developers using .NET and there are 1.8 billion installs on the framework across different devices. Microsoft has open-source several developer technologies and tools recently. The company has also released under numerous open source licenses the bulk of MVC, Web API, ASP.NET, SignalR, Entity Framework, VS Web Essentials, Azure development kit and a whole lot more. Furthermore, Microsoft also made available the end-user preview of the Compiler Platform project, known previously as Roslyn. It includes the next versions of VB Compilers and C#, as well as a compiler-as-a-service programming interface.
Despite the many talks, .NET is still relevant and a wonderful framework IMO. Simple things work out-of-the-box on most devices. Furthermore, there are tutorials all over to make the website more phone or tablet friendly. The framework facilitates internet services with aggressive participation in creating, hosting, managing and providing services to both businesses and consumers. It provides developers and programmers the choice and power. It enables them to create apps instead of writing repetitive routines. There are tools that enable software to interoperate across platforms and truly encourage heterogeneous systems. Whatever the business requirement may be, the technology will support it. Developers are in control, letting them select their language and project paradigm, even their development environment is thoroughly customizable. Moreover, programmers are no longer forced to make trade-offs or compromise in lieu of productivity.
Code is built-in and programmers could construct their own applications from the code libraries. They free to concentrate on solving business issues and concerns rather than working on the plumbing of their computer systems. The Microsoft platform promises a higher degree of connectivity, communication and productivity. It connects an employee to another, employee to partner and most of all, employee to customer. Web apps evolve from simple user forms to interactive, rich collaboration. It frees the internet from the personal computer since it connects to cell phones, TVs and appliances among others. Also, users of the platform would have more control of the information via centralized services.