When Microsoft released the first beta of the .NET Framework in 2000 it quickly became the default way of developing software for Windows. Rising from the technological legacy of COM, with the C# language, Common Language Runtime (CLR), Intermediate Language (IL) and Just-in-time (JIT) compilation, it was a modern platform that made it easy for Java and C++ developers to develop for Windows. At the same time, Visual Basic .NET provided a natural transition path for Visual Basic developers. Since then, .NET has evolved and branched through 7 major releases of the framework to the current day, and with Windows 8, Microsoft has surprised developers with a completely new UI stack.
In this highly competitive world of technology, Microsoft makes the operating system that is running on over a billion computers, yet they continue innovating with unique features of programming languages, and breakthroughs such as Kinect or PixelSense. .NET offers an environment that is a pleasure to develop on and a consistent platform where you will feel at home moving from one technology stack to another. Should you decide to explore the exciting world of .NET development, be sure to use this bibliography to access Safari Books Online resources that will help you understand and master .NET programming.