.NET Framework1.What is .NET Framework?
The .NET Framework has two main components: the common language runtime andthe .NET Framework class library.You can think of the runtime as an agent that manages code at execution time,providing core services such as memory management, thread management, andremoting, while also enforcing strict type safety and other forms of code accuracythat ensure security and robustness.The class library is a comprehensive, object-oriented collection of reusable typesthat you can use to develop applications ranging from traditional command-line or graphical user interface (GUI) applications to applications based on the latestinnovations provided by ASP.NET, such as Web Forms and XML Web services.
2.What is CLR, CTS, CLS?
The .NET Framework provides a runtime environment called the Common LanguageRuntime or CLR (similar to the Java Virtual Machine or JVM in Java), which handlesthe execution of code and provides useful services for the implementation of theprogram. CLR takes care of code management at program execution and providesvarious beneficial services such as memory management, thread management,security management, code verification, compilation, and other system services. Themanaged code that targets CLR benefits from useful features such as cross-language integration, cross-language exception handling, versioning, enhancedsecurity, deployment support, and debugging.Common Type System (CTS) describes how types are declared, used and managedin the runtime and facilitates cross-language integration, type safety, and highperformance code execution.The CLS is simply a specification that defines the rules to support languageintegration in such a way that programs written in any language, yet can interoperatewith one another, taking full advantage of inheritance, polymorphism, exceptions,and other features.
Whats MSIL, and why should my developers need an appreciation of it if atall?
MSIL is the Microsoft Intermediate Language. All .NET compatible languages will getconverted to MSIL.
When compiling to managed code, the compiler translates your source code intoMicrosoft intermediate language (MSIL), which is a CPU-independent set of instructions that can be efficiently converted to native code. MSIL includesinstructions for loading, storing, initializing, and calling methods on objects, as well