This chapter's goals were as
To cover the essentials of .NET programming
To explore the various ways of accessing data using .NET
To review the use of .NET to interface with the
To introduce advanced .NET technologies
To understand the roles of marketing and planning for .NET
.NET? Throughout this chapter, I have provided several answers to this question. I am certain that now you can appreciate the various ways that this question can be
The Microsoft executives have gone on record as
In the next chapter, you will look at your
The following are some suggested supplemental references to further your
Visual Studio Magazine:
XML & Web Services Magazine:
The .NET Compact Framework ”Overview:
.NET Enterprise Servers Overview:
.NET Training Roadmap:
Microsoft .NET Basics: What Is .NET?:
Microsoft .NET Language
Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN):
Visual Studio .NET Professional 60-Day Trial Edition:
Now you know what .NET is, at least from a high level. Additionally, you understand that a successful .NET retraining effort will include learning a new language syntax and learning much more about object orientation, language interoperability, Web enablement, and XML and Web services support. As you might have guessed, there is a lot more to learn. However, before I get into the details of the new Microsoft .NET platform and the .NET development tools offering, I should discuss a few topics to provide you with a better learning foundation.
Be patient. I can understand your eagerness to jump in and start developing new Windows, Web, and XML Web services applications ”there's plenty of time for that later. My concern is that you have the proper foundation from which to attack the remaining chapters in this book
Generally, this chapter focuses on two common areas where mainframe programmers ”rather, reformed mainframe programmers ”run into difficulty. The first is losing the perspective of a full training effort, and the second is not being prepared with prerequisites.
Now, let's continue to build your learning foundation.