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Think Microsoft .NET will provide the "big .NET picture" to help both developers and IT decision-makers decide whether they should explore .NET further. It is not a how-to book and isn't code-laden. The reader will take away a deep understanding of what .NET is and an understanding of the .NET Framework. This knowledge will provide an orientation and give them enough information to make a sound decision on whether or not they want to use .NET in their IT department or development future.
Bart A. DePetrillo is the co-founder of Newtelligence AG, a German company specializing in application development, consulting, and training for .NET technologies. He is also the author of technical educational materials for Microsoft and the ".NET Initiative."
His company has presented at the Microsoft .NET Technical Summit, Systems 2000 Conference, SIGS/101 Component Development 2000, and Microsoft TechEd 2000.
(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary.)
I. INTRODUCTION TO .NET AND THE .NET FRAMEWORK.1. Types of Software Systems Today.
Desktop Solutions. Client/Server Solutions. The Internet Solution.2. Challenges of Software.
Challenges for the Development Organization. No Turning Back. Distribution: Production and Delivery. Challenges of the Corporate Customer.3. Why .NET?
The Vision and Promise. Addressing the Developer Challenges. Introducing Web Services. .NET My Services.4. What Is .NET?
Components of the .NET Framework. Services of the Framework Components.
II. DISSECTING THE .NET FRAMEWORK.5. Introducing the Class Library.
Overview of Types. A Fully Object-Oriented Framework. Understanding Classes. Framework Organization: Namespaces. Single Inheritance. Multiple Inheritance. Creating Interfaces. Using Containers/Collections. ADO.NET. Window Forms. ASP.NET.6. Common Language Runtime.
What's a Runtime? Overview of the Components Runtime. The Common Type System. Defining the Common Language Specification. Understanding the Garbage Collector. Using Just In Time Compiling. Considering Security. Additional Runtime Services. The AppDomain.
III. WEB SERVICES EXPLORED AND EXPLAINED.7. Web Services.
The Web Technologies Behind Web Services. HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP). eXtensible Markup Language (XML). Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP). UDDI. Changing the Production/Consumption Paradigm.8. The Visual Studio .NET.
Easing Developers into .NET. Understanding Project Templates. Using the Integrated Development _Environment (IDE). Understanding XML and the XML Designer. Working with Databases. Web Services Support. Case Studies on Visual Studio .NET.
IV. .NET MEETS THE ENTERPRISE SERVERS.9. Introducing .NET Enterprise Servers.
BizTalk Server 2000. SQL Server 2000. Exchange 2000 Server. Host Integration Server 2000. Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000. Application Center 2000. Commerce Server 2000. Mobile Information 2001 Server. SharePoint Portal Server 2001.
V. MOVING FORWARD.10. Migration Paths--From Anywhere to .NET.
Support for C/C++. Support for COM in .NET. From Visual Basic 6 to VB.NET. Java User Migration Path (JUMP) to Microsoft .NET.11. Summarizing the Key Benefits of .NET.
Common Language Runtime. Web Services. Integration Existing Solutions. Assemblies Ease Deployment.Index.