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In this chapter, we have seen how the .NET Framework Class Library employs the basic OO concepts of classes, inheritance, and polymorphism to provide developers with a rich API for managed code.

We also investigated:

  • The various pieces of a namespace including classes, delegates, interfaces, structures, and so on

  • How the Framework Class Library is designed to make it easy for developers to find and then consume functionality exposed by its classes

  • How to use the class library as an API and as a bed for class inheritance

Now that the anatomy of the class library has been exposed, the next part of this book will concentrate on visiting, in-depth, some of these namespaces. We'll explore their classes and figure out how to write code against them.

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