Common Language Runtime and Managed Execution

Code that you develop with a language compiler that targets the runtime is called managed code; it benefits from features such as cross-language integration, cross-language exception handling, enhanced security, versioning and deployment support, a simplified model for component interaction, and debugging and profiling services. Every loadable common language runtime portable executable (PE) file contains metadata

Runtime features include:

  • Cross-language integration, especially cross-language inheritance.
  • Garbage collection, which manages object lifetime so that reference counting is unnecessary.
  • Self-describing objects, which make using Interface Definition Language (IDL) unnecessary.
  • The ability to compile once and run on any CPU and operating system that supports the runtime.
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