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Asked by: mongolia-ga
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11 Jan 2005 03:50 PST
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Question ID: 455464
I have a few really simple questions regarding C# 1. Is bog standard C# and visual C# the same thing or is there a difference. 2. If I wish to write programs in C# what exactly do I need to load on my PC (I have got a dell system with XP pro) 3. Where does Microsoft.net fit in? Is this someting I need to buy and load? Approximately how much will it cost? Cheers Mongolia
Answered By: efn-ga on 11 Jan 2005 08:26 PST
Hi Mongolia, 1. C# is a programming language. Visual C# is a line of Microsoft software products that support programming in the C# language. C# itself is not a product, and Visual C# is not a different language. 2. To program in C#, you need at least a compiler, a linker, and some libraries. Generally, these are packaged together with a variety of other software tools into a software development product such as Visual C#. If you install a product like this, you don't need anything more. 3. Depending on where you look, Microsoft .NET is a strategy, a technology, a framework, or an architecture. Microsoft's vision of how applications can be connected with web services is embodied in software components, and the term ".NET" is applied to the vision, the design, and the components. Everything you need to develop .NET applications should come with your C# development system--you don't need anything extra. The system that will run the software you develop will have to have .NET software installed, but it is free. Additional Links Microsoft Visual C# Developer Center http://msdn.microsoft.com/vcsharp/ Listing of free C# compilers from thefreecountry.com. http://www.thefreecountry.com/compilers/csharp.shtml Article on how to program in C# using the free .NET Software Development Kit without buying Visual C#, by Brian Jepson on ONDotnet.com http://www.ondotnet.com/pub/a/dotnet/2002/02/11/hackdotnet.html?page=1 Microsoft's answer to "What is .NET?" http://www.microsoft.com/Net/Basics.aspx Microsoft .NET Frequently Asked Questions http://www.microsoft.com/Net/basics_faq.aspx I hope this information is helpful. If anything is not clear enough or you need more information, please ask for a clarification. --efn
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From: dsrbecky-ga on 15 Jan 2005 10:09 PST
If you want to write programs in C#: Go to http://msdn.microsoft.com/netframework/downloads/updates/default.aspx and get: - .NET Framework Version 1.1 Redistributable - .NET Framework Version 1.1 Software Development Kit (SDK) - October 2003 .NET Framework 1.1 SDK Documentation Update Then you can either buy Visual C# or get SharpDevelop from http://www.icsharpcode.net/OpenSource/SD/ which I prefer and which is free. ------------ One free alternative is http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/express/vcsharp/default.aspx but I have no experience with that and it is sill beta (not finished).
From: dotnetguru-ga on 10 Feb 2005 14:40 PST
If you are writing C# applications specifically for the web, you can find another free IDE at http://www.asp.net called ASP.NET Web Matrix.
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