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    what is a development framework?

    i hear about things like the .net framework or the metasploit framework, but i really cant get a good idea of what a framework is. if you look at a description of .net, for example it says that there is visual studio .net, .net enterprise servers, and all this other ms software and at the center is "the .net framework" but it doesnt say what the framework is exactly

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    The Microsoft .NET Framework is an environment for building, deploying, and running XML Web services and other applications. It consists of three main parts: the common language runtime, the Framework classes, and ASP.NET. A companion infrastructure, the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework, is a set of programming interfaces that enable developers to target mobile devices like smart phones and PDAs.

    From .NET Glossary

    Microsoft .NET Framework (n.)
    An integral Windows component that enables building and running the next generation of software applications and Web services. It includes technologies for Web services and Web applications (ASP.NET), data access (ADO.NET), smart client applications (Windows Forms), and many others.

    Hope this helps...

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    The reason why the frameworks are nice is because they allow you to build an application with different parts written in different languages and all compiled into a common language they can run in, the framework classes allow you to quickly develop applications by not having to write code to perform tasks from ftp to databases, ect
    A mind full of questions has no room for answers

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    It is like the metal scaffolding used in the construction of a large building, why should you build your own when there is a pre-tested and proven solution that may only require minimal tweaking. There are frameworks available for just about any type of application from Model 2 java web apps to C/C++ apps. It's just a matter of using something to help you acheive your goals.

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