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.Net is a BIG framework

May 9, 2010 | George Fairbanks

My friend from CMU (now at Microsoft), Jeff Stylos, mentioned in a presentation that the .Net framework was so big that its documentation was bigger than, well, I’ll let him tell you (excerpted from an email with permission):

  • There are more than 13,000 classes and structures and hundreds of thousands of methods in the .NET Framework.
  • The documentation is three DVDs worth (~10 gigs) of compressed, textual documentation, compared to say the Pascal reference (~200 printed pages) or the complete works of William Shakespeare (2 megs compressed, 5 megs uncompressed).

So yes, to paraphrase Eddie Murphy, that stuff is big.

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