The .NET Framework is a software framework for Microsoft Windows operating systems. It includes an implementation of the Base Class Library, Common Language Runtime, and Dynamic Language Runtime. It supports many programming languages, including C#, VB.NET, F# and C++.

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Advantages and possible drawbacks of using Java for cross-platform development vs. .NET? [closed]

If I were to begin writing an application using Java with the intention of porting it to other platforms with little or no modification, would it be wise to consider using the .Net framework instead? ...
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Does Mono have a place in the enterprise world?

For enterprise windows-based solutions, .NET is the best choice sometimes. How is Mono looked at by the enterprises who have to use Linux (or rather prefer to use Linux) ? Assuming that the developers ...
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What are the differences among the .NET certification exams? [closed]

I am a .NET developer using WPF and ASP.NET MVC and I was hoping to pass some kind of certification exam. There seems to be four exams but I am unable to understand what the differences are even ...
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How are you using the Managed Extensibility Framework?

I have been working with MEF for about 2 weeks. I started thinking about what MEF is for, researching to find out how to use MEF, and finally implementing a Host with 3 modules. The contracts are ...
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Is using a lot of free third party libraries a good thing? [closed]

For your proprietary projects at work? Problems I can imagine are: more dlls (can be a problem when for example you have to include a big DLL but you only need few functions in that library), a lot ...
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Upgrading from XP Pro to Win 7, anything I should worry about?

I do mainly .NET work so I assume that the framework is all fine and that. But have there been reports of various tools like .NET Reflector and the like not working properly with Win 7? This is a ...
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Does Silverlight have a future? [closed]

Recently I have read some articles/blogs/comments about the development and history of WPF and Silverlight. In some forums many developers and users criticize the performance of WPF applications (for ...
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Going from cutting edge to maintaining legacy projects [closed]

I have an Access 03 program with a bunch of VBA code that is in use and the end user wants new functionality. I am finding it very difficult to add new functionality because my brain wants to use the ...
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How did you get started with .NET? [closed]

I'm interested how programmers got started with learning .NET development. What books and blogs did you read, podcasts or videos did you watch/listened and what other resources did you use to self ...
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Is working in ''Classic Asp'' good for me for the future?

I have completed my post graduation in Msc(comp sci)-2010. Is working in "Classic ASP" today good for me in the future? Because I am fresher and I have learned ASP.NET 3.5 version. Please let me ...
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Is it getting harder to hire VB.NET developers? [closed]

I'm a consultant, and my last two engagements have been at VB.NET shops. It's become apparent to me that these organizations have a really hard time finding FTE developers. Have any of you observed ...
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How do I explain to non-programers what .NET is? [closed]

I don't work at a software company, and I'm one of a small handful of people in the company that know anything about programming. I spend a lot of time automating other programs that are used in the ...
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Solutions to problems that .NET can solve better than Java (or vice-versa)

To me it seems these are two different platforms that address similar enterprise(but not only) problems. I'm interested however in problems that Java can solve better than C#/.NET or C#/.NET can solve ...
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.Net Best Practices : Common Bugs Introduced By Refactoring, Carelessness, and Newbies

What are the common bugs introduced by refactoring, carelessness, and newbies? I would like to request the experienced programmers here to share their experience and list the bugs they used to ...
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C# open source projects [closed]

What C# project(s) would you consider contributing to if you were a beginner trying to sharpen your skills in C# and .NET framework ? The project should be (besides all) active and not something less ...
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In-Memory Debugger for .NET?

I don't know if "In-Memory debugger" is really what I mean, or if it's even possible to produce, but it's the best name I could come up with... Here's the tool I'm looking for: Given a variable ...
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Mono is frequently used to say “Yes, .NET is cross-platform”. How valid is that claim? [closed]

In What would you choose for your project between .NET and Java at this point in time? I say that I would consider the "Will you always deploy to Windows?" the single most important technical decision ...
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What would you choose for your project between .NET and Java at this point in time? [closed]

You are just starting a new project and you have these two technologies to choose from, Java and .NET. The project you are working doesn't involve having features that would make it easy to choose ...
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Would you re-design completely under .Net?

A very extensive application began as an Access-based system (for database storage). Forms were written in VB5 and/or VB6. As .Net became a fixture in the development community, certain modules have ...
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Have you ever hated a framework/programming language/platform but you eventually became curious in learning?

Little background: I've always been kind of a Microsoft hater. A while ago just the fact of learning a something like C# scared me. I was only interested in opensource project and programming ...
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Is knowing .NET only enough for a successful career in IT industry? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it better to specialize in a single field I like, or expand into other fields to broaden my horizons? Recently, I don’t know from where I got a thought in my mind ...
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What is dependency Analysis and how is it done?

I saw this in a job posting for an ASP.net developer. "An understanding of basic software development practices such as ...and Dependency Analysis." I read the wikipedia entry for Dependency ...
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Why C# doesn’t support multiple inheritance?

Even if it could be bad practices, I would say that there is time that it would fulfill its purpose.
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Just how bad is it not to Dispose() SqlConnections?

Personally, I break out in hives if I don't put ADO objects that implement IDisposable in using statements. But at my current contract, I've found that their homegrown enterprise framework "data ...
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Is throwing an exception from a property bad form?

I've always been of the mindset that properties (ie, their set/get operations) should be fast/immediate and failure-free. You should never have to try/catch around getting or setting a property. But ...
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Why do .Net books talk about stack vs heap memory allocation?

It seems like every .net book talks about value types vs reference types and makes it a point to (often incorrectly) state where each type is stored - the heap or the stack. Usually it's in the first ...
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Build/deployment tools for a small (1) development effort [closed]

What build or deployment tools are available for a 1 person development effort, in the .NET space, that are capable of producing project outputs? I'm not looking necessarily looking for a CI server ...
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Why is there no generic implementation of OrderedDictionary in .net?

Why did Microsoft not provide generic implementation of OrderedDictionary? There are a few custom implementations I've seen, including: ...
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Is Entity Framework ready for production? [closed]

I'm looking into Entity Framework for a new project that I'm going to be taking on and as part of my research into it I'm asking some industry professionals if it's stable and ready for 'real world' ...
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How you prepared for your .NET interview? [closed]

I gave many interviews in the last few years and each time I found the interviewers are not satisfied with what I know. My first company only developed desktop Windows applications using .NET. They ...
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mercurial or tfs for codeplex?

I've been working on a .NET personal project for a little while now and it's almost ready to go open source. I've decided (arbitrarily) to host it on codeplex. Codeplex offers TFS or mercurial. I'm ...
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Workflow Foundation to seperate data from business logic on a mid-sized App?

We are currently developing a .net app in WPF, that will be a desktop app with a good bit of data-access to local (and some remote) servers. The business logic here is very complex, and currently it ...
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What happens at [platform] user groups?

I'm a .NET developer, but I've never been to a .NET user group meeting or anything like that. I might have the opportunity soon to start attending one, but I'm wondering. What happens at user groups? ...
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Is it reasonable to assume/require the .NET framework these days?

Background: I have a project where I need to provide the user a download package with some sensitive data in it. The data needs to be encrypted. After they download it, they need to be able to view ...
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What are the criteria for evaluating an ORM for.NET? [closed]

I'm looking at evaluating ORMs. I've used SubSonic, Linq-to-SQL and Entity Framework. I've got a team of developers ranging from juniors to seniors. What are the criterias for evaluating an ORM ...
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How viable is “Windows Workflow Foundation”? What alternatives should I consider? [closed]

I started learning WF 3.0 back a few years ago and never quite got the hang of it. Has anyone learned WF 4.0 (now that it has been rewritten)? Is it a viable platform worth considering? What ...
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Any experience with Mono on production servers? [closed]

I am curios to use .NET for some web applications (e.g. ASP.NET MVC 2). However my budget is limited so I would like to use Mono on Linux. I have never used Mono before, and I haven't read about any ...
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MonoTouch vs Objective-C for iPhone/iPod/iPad development [closed]

For someone with .Net experience and wanting to develop for iPhone/iPod/iPad, is it worth learning Objective-C? Is MonoTouch a good alternative? What are some of the trade-offs when using MonoTouch vs ...
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Is Java to Linux what .NET is to Windows? [closed]

Is Java becoming the de facto standard from Linux application development in the same way .NET is the standard for Windows application development? If not why not?
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How do you normally layout a class's regions?

I was wondering if there was a standard for laying out a class's regions. I currently use Fields Constructor Properties Public Methods Private Methods Fields being Private Properties and ...
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Windows Service or Windows Task Scheduler?

I am planning to create a utility, which will query the database and store some information (on another table in the database). Its a multi-threaded utility and require to run for every 5 or 10 ...
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Is Linq having a mind-numbing effect on .NET programmers?

A lot of us started seeing this phenomenon with jQuery about a year ago when people started asking how to do absolutely insane things like retrieve the query string with jQuery. The difference ...
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Java Vs .NET Vs Oracle(DBMS), Which technology is for Long Term Career? [closed]

I want to know about Which language is best for long term career and How? Which language should I choose among Java and .NET Platform or Should I choose Oracle like DBMS Language (SQL/PLSQL)? I am ...
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Does making source code available affect your ability to generate revenue?

We’re working on a .Net framework which ultimately amounts to a single DLL. We intend to charge for commercial use of the framework, but make it free for open source/non-commercial use. The rough ...
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What do you do when a client requires Rich Text Editing on their website?

As we all know by now, XSS attacks are dangerous and really easy to pull off. Various frameworks make it easy to encode HTML, like ASP.NET MVC does: <%= Html.Encode("string"); %> But what ...