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Languages in the .Net Framework

List of all the .Net framework supported languages

Written By on in C#

254 words, estimated reading time 2 minutes.

Microsoft Visual Studio provides support for Visual Basic .Net, C# .Net, C++ .Net and Java .Net. There are also many other languages that support the .Net platform.

Introduction to the .Net Framework Series
  1. What is Microsoft .Net?
  2. Benefits of using the .Net Framework
  3. Languages in the .Net Framework
  4. The C# vs Visual Basic Question
  5. Common Language Runtime
  6. The .Net Common Language Specifications
  7. Global Assembly Cache (GAC)

This article relates to an old version of the .Net Framework. While the contents are still relevant, future versions of the framework may change, or improve upon, the contents of this article.

C#C# is a new language developed by Microsoft specifically for the .Net platform, and is the first modern component orientated language in the C family.
C++C++ Received a minimal update in the form of managed extensions. It allows C++ access to the garbage collector, single-implementation inheritance, and multiple-interface inheritance.
Visual Basic .NetVB Has received a huge update with .Net, as it now supports classes, inheritance, constructors, polymorphism,
constructor overloading, structured exceptions, type checking and many other features.
JScript .NetJScript .NET is rewritten to be fully .NET aware. It includes support for classes, inheritance, types, and compilation, and it provides improved performance and productivity features.
Visual J# .NETLike Visual Basic, Visual J# adds .Net features to the Java language allowing Java based programmers to easily migrate onto the .Net platform.
Other LanguagesThere are many other languages that take advantage of the .Net platform. Some of these include Delphi, PHP, Cobol and Perl.


This is just a small selection of the languages available and there are more being added all the time.

Despite each language having its own syntax they all now share the common type system and base classes, so not only can a Delphi.Net use classes and data types defined in C#, but Delphi .Net uses the same namespaces and hierarchy as C#.

Last updated on: Friday 8th September 2017



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