Sams Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 21 Days, Second Edition By Chris Payne
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Day 1. Getting Started with ASP.NET
What's a .NET Framework class?
A class is a blueprint that defines an object. It contains information on what an object should do, what its properties are, and so on. An object is something that you can manipulate something tangible that can perform actions.
A .NET Framework class is simply any class that's part of .NET. For example, there's a class that defines how ASP.NET pages should act and look, and ASP.NET pages are objects that you can manipulate.
I thought ASP.NET was a programming language?
Nope, ASP.NET is simply a framework for building interactive Web pages. This is a very common mistake among beginners. ASP.NET is like a book, which is simply a container for words. The writer uses English (or any other language) to create the book. Similarly, you use programming languages such as Visual Basic.NET and C# to write the code within an ASP.NET page. This code is what makes things happen, but ASP.NET provides the framework for the code to act upon and build from.