C++ vs .NET C++

Ok i am new to all this but i was wondering if someone oculd explaint what is  .NET
some said a library ... ok but what does that mean heh is it just  #include <dotnet.h> and u can access more functions?

Thx in advance
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mahesh1402IT ProfessionalCommented:
Since VC++.Net is a version of VC++.

VC++.Net was the name given to VC++ version 7.0 and 7.1. They were also known as VC++ 2002 and 2003 respectively. The latest version of VC++ is VC++

Starting with VC++ 7.0, VC++ has allowed you to write two types of programs:

standard C++ (sometimes termed "native" C++). Each successive version of VC++ starting with 7.0 has complied better with the official ISO C++
standard. See : http://msdn2.microsoft.com/4162y30b.aspx 

A Microsoft-authored extension to C++ which features garbage collection and allows C++ programmers to use the .Net library. The extended form of C++
that shipped with VC++ 7.x was called Managed C++. The latest version of VC++, VC++ 2005, still supports Managed C++, but it is deprecated and users
are encouraged to use a new language version known as C++/CLI. See :http://msdn2.microsoft.com/bw65k95a(en-US,VS.80).aspx

VC6 and earlier were just C++ compilers that let you build:
Console applications
Windows applications using the Win32 API
Windows applications using MFC

VC7 and beyond do all the above, and additionally allow you to write "managed programs" that target the new .NET platform. This requires extensions to the C++ language. In VC7 and 7.1 this was done with a set of extensions called "Managed C++", while in VC8 it is done with what is essentially a new language: C++/CLI.


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mahesh1402IT ProfessionalCommented:

Visual C++.NET is version 7.0 / 8.0 of Visual C++. It will add a number of new features including:

- Managed Extensions
- ATL Server
- Ability to call/create Web Services

Plus upgrades to:

- Attributes
- Compiler
- Conformance
- IDE and debugger productivity

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