.NET/SQL Server

The .NET Framework (pronounced dot net) is a software framework developed by Microsoft that runs primarily on Microsoft Windows. It includes a large library and provides language interoperability (each language can use code written in other languages) across several programming languages. Programs written for the .NET Framework execute in a software environment (as contrasted to hardware environment), known as the Common Language Runtime (CLR), an application virtual machine that provides services such as security, memory management, and exception handling. The .NET Framework is intended to be used by most new applications created for the Windows platform. The class library and the CLR together constitute the .NET Framework. Programmers produce software by combining their own source code with the .NET Framework and other libraries. Microsoft also produces an integrated development environment largely for .NET software called Visual Studio.   Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system developed by Microsoft Inc. ¬†As a database, it is a software product whose primary function is to store and retrieve data as requested by other software applications, be it those on the same computer or those running on another computer across a network (including the Internet). Its primary query languages are T-SQL and ANSI SQL. There are at least a dozen different editions of Microsoft SQL Server aimed at different audiences and for different workloads (ranging from small applications that store and retrieve data on the same computer, to millions of users and computers that access huge amounts of data from the Internet at the same time).