Microsoft .NET is a software framework designed for building and running applications on multiple platforms and devices. It includes a large class library, runtime environment, and development tools that enable developers to create applications for various platforms such as Windows, Linux, and macOS.
.NET supports multiple programming languages such as C#, F#, and Visual Basic, and provides features such as memory management, security, and interoperability with other programming languages and systems. It also includes various components such as ASP.NET for building web applications and Windows Communication Foundation for creating distributed applications. Overall, .NET provides a robust and flexible platform for building a wide range of applications.
The .NET Framework has evolved significantly over the years, with new features and improvements being added in each release, for instance .NET 6 introduces support for building single-file applications, which package all the necessary runtime components and dependencies into a single executable file.
As well as this, .NET 6 includes various improvements to the runtime and libraries, such as enhanced garbage collection, better support for ARM64 architecture, and improved support for C# 10 language features.
.NET 6 has benefited from many contributions from the open-source community, with over 17,000 pull requests merged since .NET Core was open-sourced in 2014.
Microsoft .NET can also help resolve several pain points that developers face when building applications, as well as pain points that may arise when future development takes place on the application. Some of the most common pain points that arises during the development of applications and systems are: