What is .NET Framework?

A framework designed by Microsoft that provides programming guidelines that can be used to create various web applications. It is mainly developed for building and running Windows applications.

Usage of the .NET Framework

.NET is generally used for creating & running applications. .NET framework is also used for adding Architecture, Gaming, App, Performance, Monitoring, reach features, community, scalability & more.

Initial Launching & Initial Stages

  • .NET Strategy

The main intent behind the project of the .NET was to enclose all Microsoft products and add the .NET ending to the existing product names, for example- Windows.NET. In the 2000s, the .NET framework’s initial version was known as the Next Generation Windows Services ( NGWS). Since we know the framework as .NET.

  • 2000-2007

It is the stage where the .NET took the first step. Its first beta version .NET 1.0 was released in late 2000. The main feature of this beta version is CLR and its support. CLR has supported the object-oriented development of web applications.

  • .NET 1.1 ( April-2003)
  • Feature of Array enhancement
  • Security enhancement for ASP.NET
  • Add-on support for Protocol version 6
  • .NET 2.0 ( November 2005)
  • Add-on generic collections
  • Iterators & Nullable types
  • New Features for ASP.NET
  • .NET 3.0 ( November 2006)
  • Featured Windows Presentation Foundation ( WPF)
  • Windows Communication Foundation ( WCF)
  • Windows Workflow Foundation ( WWF)
  • .NET 3.5 ( November 2007)
  • Support for AJAX
  • Dynamic data
  • LINQ
  • ASP.Net MVC
  • 2007-2014
  • .NET 4.0 ( April 2010)
  • Support for AJAX
  • Dynamic data
  • Razor View Engine ( RVE)
  • .NET 4.5 ( August 2012)
  • Enhance ASP.NET support
  • Zip compression support
  • Improved CLR 4.0
  • 2014: The rise of .NET Core

The .NET has an incredible journey. But the turning point was in the year 2014. The year that shows the rise of the .NET core. .NET Core is a cross-platform updated version of the .NET. It allows developers to create applications for the various operating systems ( Linux, OS X) & install different versions on one single device. When the .NET was officially released ( 2016), .NET kept evaluating & continuing to upgrade new features.

  • .NET 4.5.2 ( August 2014)
  • .NET 4.6 ( July 2015)
  • Addon JIT Compiler
  • Open-source packages
  • Support for TLS 1.1 & TLS 1.2
  • .NET 4.6.1 ( November 2015)
  • Enhance performance
  • The new digital signature algorithm
  • Distributed transaction in SQL DB

Architecture of Design

.NET Framework Design Principles

It is necessary to build relevant applications with the .NET frameworks. For that, we need to understand some design principles of the .NET. A few important are given below:

  • Interoperability

The .Net framework provides strong backward support. In case you had built an application in an older version of the .NET framework & you’re trying to run it in a comparatively higher version of the .NET framework- the application would still work. The only reason behind this is, with every new release Microsoft makes sure that the older version of the framework aligns with the latest version.

  • Simplified deployment

Easy deployment is a key principle for the .NET framework. For simplified deployment, the .NET framework has few tools. That can be used to package applications built in the .NET framework. These packages are directly distributed to the client machine. Hence, packages lead automatically install the application.

  • Common Runtime Engine ( CRE)

The Common Language runtime does all the work related to memory management in the .NET. The .NET framework can sense those resources that are not taken in and used by the running program. Afterward, it releases the resources. This is done via the ‘Garbage Collector’ program, which runs as part of the .Net framework.

  • Security

The .NET Framework has an excellent security mechanism. This in-built security mechanism helps in both the validation and verification processes of applications. Every application can specifically define its security mechanism. Each security mechanism is used to permit the user access to the code or to the running program.

  • Language Independence

In terms of language independence, the .NET framework introduces a Common Type System ( CTS). The Common type system indicates all possible types of data and programming architect supported by the CLR. It suggests how they may/may not interact with each other conforming to the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) specification.

  • Portability

Applications built in the .NET framework are portable. It can work on any Windows platform. Nowadays, Microsoft is also looking to create Microsoft products that work on other platforms like iOS & Linux.

Future of .NET

It is necessary to build relevant applications with the .NET frameworks. For that, we need to understand some design principles of the .NET. A few important are given below:

  • .NET Core 3.0 in September
  • .NET Core 3.1 Long term support
  • A major release in upcoming years
  • Predictable Schedule


Here we show how .NET rises, Architecture components, contribution in development & many more. We hope some bits of this information will come in handy for you. There are a number of programming frameworks that are used to create applications, but we choose what best suits your requirements. Our precious clients value our service & trust us for our .NET development solutions. If you still get confused about something related to .NET, connect with Blobstation- We’ll guide you. 

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