In this chapter, you took a high-level look at the core library provided to .NET developers: the .NET Framework class library. You started by learning the basic structure of the .NET Framework class library. You then moved on to examine many of the namespaces, at a high level, that make up the class library. You will see many of these namespaces in later chapters. You should now have an appreciation of how large the library is and a good idea of how to navigate through it.
In the next chapter, you will start to have some real fun. You will take a look at the powerful tool, Visual Studio .NET, provided to Managed C++ developers to build .NET Framework Windows applications, Web applications, and Web services.