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please help Im really confused. someone told me win32 was gonna get replaced with .Net and I thought .NEt was just a dev environment. im so confused. can some one please tell me what the differencee is.

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WIN32 is the API of Windows. .NET is a platform on top of that (and other OS's)
WIN32 will not be replaced by .NET however a lot of programmers are not coding on the WIN32 API directly anymore but on the .NET layer.

.NET is friendlier, safer, quicker and a little slower (of course)
When WIN32 is replaced by MS (e.g. by WIN64) .NET will stay (more or less) the same.

Cheers

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.Net is a programming platform (a runtime engine and base class library) designed by Microsoft to make programming on Windows easier (though there are a couple very impressive implementations for other OSs). It is fundementally very similary to Sun's Java, though IMHO, .Net's design is significantly superior. There are tons of languages designed for the platform, most notably C#, Visual Basic .Net, and a couple variations of C++.

As ernow said, .Net is much friendlier, safer, and quicker than programming Win32 via C or C++. It is also arguably a little bit slower, though for most applications the difference is negligable, and some might actually run faster.

Essentially, there is nothing that you can do in raw Win32 that you can't do in .Net, and when you can't do it the .Net way, you can call the old Win32 functions themselves. For the most part, .Net is build on top of the Win32 API, though there are some exceptions, and this is likely to lessen as the platform becomes more integrated into future versions of Windows.

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It is worth mentionning that, while it was mainly pushed by Microsoft, C# and the CLI are ECMA/ISO standards. It means that anyone can implement them as long as they follow the accepted standards. However, certain class libraries built on top of the .NET framework are still proprietary to Microsoft.

You can read more about it here.

If you feel in the mood, you can read the specification: Standard ECMA-335: Common Language Infrastructure (CLI)

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