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.NET Framework 2.0 • A new hosting API for native applications wishing to host an instance of the .

NET runtime • Full 64-bit support for both the x64 and the IA64 hardware platforms. • Language support for Generics built directly into the .NET CLR. • Many additional and improved ASP.NET web controls. • New data controls with declarative data binding. • New personalization features for ASP.NET, such as support for themes, skins and webparts.

.NET Framework 3.0 • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), formerly code-named Avalon; a new user interface subsystem and API based on XML and vector graphics, which will make use of 3D computer graphics hardware and Direct3D technologies. • Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), formerly code-named Indigo; a service-oriented messaging system which allows programs to interoperate locally or remotely similar to web services. • Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF) allows for building of task automation and integrated transactions using workflows. • Windows CardSpace (WCS), formerly code-named InfoCard; a software component which securely stores a person's digital identities and provides a unified interface for choosing the identity for a particular transaction, such as logging in to a website. 2.0 => framework that shipped with VS 2005 VB 8.0 / C# 2.0 3.0 => same framework as 2.0 + WCF + WPF + WF 3.5 => all the above + LINQ technologies and will ship with the next VS including VB 9.0 and C#

NET framework 1.1 2.0 3.0 3.5 2.1…
Posted septembre 11, 2007 A lot of people get crazy with all this version. So, I will try to sum up what is difference between all this releases! .NET framework 1.1 : It is the basic framework, so, I will not take the time to explain what is inside because I have ever talk enough about it… .NET framework 2.0: It is bring a lot of evolution in class of the framework and refactor some control. The other big evolution here is on language with support of :

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generics anonymous methods partial class nullable type …

.NET framework 3.0: This framework is the key for developing application under Vista. It is just a set of assembly which use XML to map:
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Communication (WCF) View (WPF) Workflow (WWF) Digital identity (CardSpace)

The framework is still the .NET framework2.0 behind it. For a lot of developer this is not a real framework. .NET framework 3.5: It implement Linq evolution in language. So we have the folowing evolution in class:
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Linq for SQL, XML, Dataset, Object Addin system p2p base class Active directory ASP.NET Ajax

.NET framework 2.1: The last baby is the 2.1 because it is a subset of 2.0 framework with some little additionnal features. This framework bring nothing and is just make to be smallest for Silverlight.

http://www.asp.net/downloads/3.5-extensions/

New features are being added to ASP.NET and ADO.NET this year that increase the power of the .NET Framework 3.5. These enhancements target:
1. Enabling high-productivity data scenarios by using the ADO.NET Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services, ASP.NET MVC, and ASP.NET Dynamic Data. 2. Supporting test-driven development by using a powerful and extensible ASP.NET MVC framework. 3. Creating the best server for rich clients by using AJAX history support and ASP.NET controls for Silverlight.

What are the new features? Where can I find these new features? Where can I ask questions and discuss? How can I learn more?