Dot NET Framework 1.0
First version of Dot NET Framework: It is available since February 13, 2002 and runs on Windows platforms Windows 98, NT 4.0, 2000, XP.
Dot NET Framework 1.1
This is the first major Dot NET Framework. It is available as a redistributable or SDK and was published April 3, 2003. It is also part of the second version of Microsoft Visual Studio Dot NET (known as Visual Studio Dot NET 2003). This is the first version of Dot NET Framework to be part of an operating system Windows Server 2003.
Changes since version 1.0
* Integrated support for ASP.NET controls it had previously installed an additional component;
* Changing Security: Allow Windows Forms assemblies to execute in an environment of trust to moderate from the internet and adds the concept of Code Access Security in ASP.NET applications;
* Support for ODBC and Oracle databases it was previously installed an additional component;
*Dot NET Compact Framework version.
* Dot NET Framework compatible with Windows CE;
* Support for IPv6;
* Various changes in the API.
Dot NET Framework 2.0
Available with Visual Studio 2005, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006Dot NET Framework version 2.0 redistributable is available free on the Microsoft site and was published January 22, 2006. It is also included as an option for free to Windows Server 2003 R2.
The development kit (SDK) can be downloaded free from the Microsoft website and is included with Visual Studio 2005 and Microsoft SQL Server 2005.
This is the last version compatible with Windows 2000, Windows 98 and Windows ME.
Changes since version 1.1
* Added various API;
* Support 64-bit for the hardware platforms x64 and IA-64;
* Support for Generics in the CLR included, Dot NET;
* New Web Controls for ASP.NET;
* New controls for data management;
* New opportunities for personalization features such as ASP.NET themes and web parts;
*Dot NET Micro Framework – a Dot NET Framework related to the project Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT).
Dot NET Framework 3.0
Dot NET Framework 3.0, formerly known as WinFX, includes new APIs for managed code. They are part of the operating systems Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. These APIs are also available for download for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003. There are no major changes included with this release. The Dot NET Framework 3.0 uses the common language runtime version 2.0 of the Framework. Unlike other developments in the Framework, there was no equivalent to this version.
Dot NET Compact Framework
The Dot NET Framework 3.0 consists of 4 main parts:
* Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), formerly known as Avalon. This is a new sub-system user interface based on XML and vector graphics. WPF uses 3D graphics and Direct3D.
* Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), formerly known as Indigo, WCF is a messaging system that enables service-oriented programs to communicate locally or remotely (in a manner similar to web services).
* Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) allows the construction of transactions or tasks with automated workflows.
* Windows CardSpace, formerly InfoCard is a software component designed to securely store digital information for a person and provides a unified interface for choosing the identity for a particular transaction.
The new environment also includes other elements of Dot NET Framework, namely:
* The common language runtime;
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