The C# Language


The Microsoft .NET technology supplies an excellent programming environment for network programmers. The C# programming language allows programmers to easily prototype applications in a short amount of time and lets them design robust network applications that take advantage of the Windows networking features.

Creating a C# development environment is easy with the two comprehensive Microsoft Visual .NET products or the new .NET Framework SDK package. All three environments include compilers and debuggers for creating C# application programs.

The C# language also offers many features that smooth the way for programmers writing network applications. For instance, using the StringBuilder class instead of creating and modifying string objects may save your application some performance time. Also, putting streams to work in network programming can simplify handling of data into and out of the network transport. Using exceptions in your programs can make your applications look more professional and save your customers lots of grief.

This chapter discussed the basics of the C# language, and you’ll find more basics in Chapter 3. There we’ll get into the specific C# classes used for network programming. With the addition of network programming helper classes, C# makes network programming a snap. First, though, Chapter 2 presents a helpful review of IP programming fundamentals

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