Microsoft .NET Framework

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Microsoft’s platform used for building rich applications and running programs that comes with improvements related to ASP.NET Dynamic Data, Windows Presentation Foundation, CLR, and more




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Microsoft .NET Framework stands as Microsoft’s programming platform needed by developers for building software applications. Aside from developers, users rely on different versions of .NET Framework in order to be able to install programs in an error-free environment.

Fresh features and functionalities included in 3.5 SP1 package

.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 represents a consolidated update that comes with brand-new features and error fixes built upon the .NET Framework 2.0, .NET Framework 3.0, and .NET Framework 3.5, as well as previous Framework updates.

Microsoft .NET Framework has to offer several noteworthy improvements in the 3.5 SP1 package, such as ASP.NET Dynamic Data for rapid data driven development without writing code and CLR (common language runtime) enhancements for delivering better layout of .NET Framework native images.

Furthermore, there’s support for Windows Presentation Foundation updates for providing a faster startup time and boosted performance for Bitmap effects. ClickOnce application publishers are offered the possibility to opt out of signing and hashing as appropriate for their scenarios.

The Entity Framework is updated with some additional features, such as support for new SQL Server 2008 types, default graph serialization of Entities, and the Entity Data Source.

Other new enhancements included in the package are related to the LINQ to SQL (which provides support for the new date and file stream capabilities in SQL Server 2008), ADO.NET Data Services Framework, Windows Communication Foundation, NET Framework Data Provider for SQL Server (SqlClient) for file stream and sparse column capabilities in SQL Server 2008.

Comparison to other versions

Having just one .NET Framework edition installed on your computer is just not enough in some cases. It pretty much depends on the target application that you are about to deploy on a system. Programs may require different .NET Framework versions. Important to mention is the fact that you can have multiple editions on the same PC.

Available for download there are also .NET Framework 2 / 2.0 /1.1 and .NET Framework 4.6 versions. The .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 / 2.0 / 1.1 package targets on its agenda all the necessary common language runtime and class libraries needed to run apps. The .NET Framework 4.6 version includes improvements related to asynchronous programming model, new HTTP API, Workflow authoring and versioning updates, and support for creating Windows Store apps.

Some known drawbacks and methods to fix them

Installing multiple versions of .NET may lead to a short amount of free space on your system. This happens because the packages are not lightweight. Plus, some versions do not appear in Control Panel so it may be difficult to detect them. You can resort to third-party programs, such as Speccy Portable and Framework Detector, to view all installed .NET versions.

Getting rid of obsolete editions may also prove to be a challenging task. In case the Windows standard procedure does not help much for removing all traces, you can appeal to .NET Framework Cleanup Tool which is specialized in deleting files, directories, registry keys, values, and Windows installer product registration information for any .NET Framework version.

Final verdict

In conclusion, Microsoft .NET Framework represents a powerful platform for building rich applications. To put it bluntly and sum up all the information, this programming framework offers a great advantage to developers to make use of code data without having to write it.
Last updated on February 24th, 2010