Thursday, December 3, 2009

My Notes About .NET Framework

These are my notes about .NET. I wrote it here, just to review my knowledge about this framework because it's growing very fast. Sometimes, I confused whether WPF was published before the WCF or otherwise. Whether LINQ is built in the framework since it first version, etc. Nothing technical, though. I believe there are millions articles out there that can give a better explanation on specific topic than this article.

So, my notes are:
  • The .NET framework 1.0 was released by Microsoft on 10 July 2002.
  • Early .NET framework articles can be found and
  • The conceptual overview of the framework can be found at
  • .NET framework release timeline can be found at, more completed list can be found at
  • In .NET 3.0, Microsoft introduces four major new components WPF, WCF, WF, and Windows CardSpace.
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), formerly code-named Avalon; a new user interface subsystem and API based on XML and vector graphics, which uses 3D computer graphics hardware and Direct3D technologies. See WPF SDK for developer articles and documentation on WPF.
  • 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 (WF) allows for building of task automation and integrated transactions using workflows.
  • Windows CardSpace, 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.
  • In .NET 3.5, Microsoft introduces LINQ