The Microsoft .NET Framework is a development and execution environment that allows different programming languages and libraries to work together seamlessly to create Windows-based applications that are easier to build, manage, deploy, and integrate with other networked systems.
Native Linux Alternative:
Mono is a cross platform, open source .NET development framework.
Microsoft Open-Source Initiative:
In order to support the open source community around .NET, Microsoft spawned the .NET Foundation. They have an organization portal on GitHub, where the source code of the .NET core libraries is being published under the MIT License.
|3.5||Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 (Full Package)(197MB)
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (Full Package)(231MB)
|Visual Basic||A rapid application development environment based on the BASIC language. Object based and very powerful.||2008 Express|
|Visual Studio||Visual Studio is the comprehensive tool set for rapidly building and integrating XML Web services, Microsoft Windows based applications, and Web solutions.||2008 (9.0) Express Edition||Visual Studio 2008 Express Editions Online Installers
Visual Studio 2008 Express Editions (ISO)
Visual Studio 2008 Express Editions with SP1 (ISO)