.NET is an open-source platform used for building desktop, web, and mobile applications. It is compatible with various operating systems and offers a range of tools and libraries that contribute to the development of high-performance software. Introduced by Microsoft, .NET provides a programming model and library for creating diverse types of applications.
Key components of .NET:
Common Language Runtime (CLR): Also known as CLR, it manages code execution and memory, providing services such as exception handling and security. CLR allows developers to write code in multiple languages (such as C#, VB.NET, and F#) that can be compiled into Common Intermediate Language (CIL) and executed by the CLR.
Class Library: .NET offers a vast collection of reusable classes and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). These libraries cover a wide range of functionality, enabling developers to use the elements as per their system requirements. Utilizing the available libraries helps avoid code duplication.