The Microsoft .NET Framework is one of the most significant technology shifts Microsoft has ever made, analogous to the release of Windows 95 when Windows 3.1 was the prevalent operating system. The new framework is more than just an upgradeit's an entirely new platform enabling software developers to create new types of applications, mainly by offering developers new tools, such as Web services, a set of strongly typed programming languages that are syntactically identical whether used to program for the Web or for the desktop, a common language runtime, a set of framework classes encapsulating areas of common functionality, and a greatly improved data access model.
The Microsoft .NET Framework ships with a set of useful built-in classes. These classes contain many of the objects you'll use to create applications, both for the Web and for the desktop, such as all built-in Web controls, Windows forms controls, and collection objects. Several of these built-in classes comprise ADO.NET.
In this hour, you will learn the following topics:
An overview of the ADO.NET namespaces
An overview of the ADO.NET objects
How to download and install the Microsoft .NET Framework Software Developer's Kit (SDK)