The .NET framework is a software framework designed mainly for the Microsoft Windows operating system. It includes an implementation of the Base Class Library, Common Language Runtime (commonly referred to as CLR), Common Type System (commonly referred to as CTS) and Dynamic Language Runtime. It supports many programming languages, including C#, VB.NET, F# and C++/CLI.

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A merge is an operation carried out between branches. It is the process of pulling the changes made in one branch into another branch.

Process is an isolation between Applications to secure Application and its data. It is also a physical separation of memory and resources. A thread is an entity which performs all the actions inside a process.

At first sight none of these libraries do something spectacular. They do however make your work lighter by simply taking care of some very mundane problems like background processing, reading CSV files or creating a Windows Service. And this is where there value comes from: they allow you to focus on the real challenges of your application. And as cheesy as it may be, that's a beautiful goal.

The most interesting type of bugs do not occur during regression testing but when real people use the software.

Most platforms have similar glossaries or barriers to entry. There's TLAs (three letter acronyms) in every language and computer ecosystems. Don't get overwhelmed, start with Need To Know and move slowly forward. Also, remember YOU decide when you want to draw the line. You don't need to know everything. Just know that every layer and label has something underneath it and the whatever program you're dealing with may be in a level you have yet to dig into.

Because the CLR is a managed environment there are several components within the runtime that need to be initialised before any of your code can be executed. This post will take a look at the EE (Execution Engine) start-up routine and examine the initialisation process in detail.

The Windows team recently released Windows Server 2016 and updates to Windows 10 that enable a container experience on Windows. You can now use both .NET Core and .NET Framework with Windows containers. These options give you a lot of choices in the way you build and package your .NET applications with Docker. This post describes some of those options and provides information on how to get started, even if you are completely new to Docker.

It is something we take for granted in every time we run a .NET program, but it turns out that loading a Type or class is a fairly complex process. So how does the .NET Runtime (CLR) actually load a Type?

Each interface represents a target framework and methods represents groups of APIs available on that target framework. The goal is to show the relationship between .NET Standard API surface and other .NET platforms.