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.
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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.
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Windows PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration. Built on the .NET Framework, it helps IT professionals and power users control and automate the administration of the Windows operating system and applications that run on Windows.
Built-in Windows PowerShell commands, called cmdlets, let you manage the computers in your enterprise from the command line. PowerShell providers let you access data stores, such as the registry and certificate store, as easily as you access the file system. In addition, PowerShell has a rich expression parser and a fully developed scripting language.
Windows PowerShell includes the following features:
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