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Developing a .NET Client to Consume OpenEdge SOAP Web Services : What is Microsoft .NET?

What is Microsoft .NET?

Briefly, Microsoft .NET supports the following features:
*As described by Microsoft, .NET is a robust platform for developing the next generation of applications.
*It is built using industry standards, such as XML and SOAP.
*The .NET platform supports many languages, including:
*Visual Basic .NET
*Visual C# .NET
*The .NET API, including data type support, is the same for all languages.
*.NET provides a single development environment, Visual Studio® .NET, to work with all its supported languages.
*.NET supports all of the SOAP formats that are supported by OpenEdge Web services.