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    .NET Framework CLR: What is the Common Language Infrastructure?

    Q: What is the Common Language Infrastructure?

    A: The Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) standard defines the characteristics of a run-time environment that supports the development of portable applications written in multiple programming languages. Microsoft's .NET Framework and the Mono project are based upon this infrastructure.

    • Where is the CLI standardized?

      So far, CLI is a standard under ECMA. The ECMA Standard (ECMA-335) can be dowloaded.

    • Are there any specifications or sources for this?

      Microsoft's published source code for implementing the standard, known as the 'Shared Source CLI' or as 'Rotor, which can be downloaded here.

    Last edited by Andreas Masur; December 22nd, 2005 at 04:00 PM.

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