.NET Framework Class Library

The .NET Framework contains thousands of classes that you can use when building an application.The Framework Class Library was designed to make it easier to perform the most common programming tasks.

ASP.NET is part of the Microsoft .NET Framework. To build ASP.NET pages, you need to take advantage of the features of the .NET Framework. The .NET Framework consists of two parts: the Framework Class Library and the Common Language Runtime.

The .NET Framework contains almost 13,000 classes you can use when building applications.

The Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 includes 18,619 types; 12,909 classes; 401,759 public methods; 93,105 public properties; and 30,546 public events. The .NET Framework 3.0 and 3.5 build on top of this base set of types with even more classes.

For example-
partial list of the members of the SmtpClient class:

Properties
. Host—The name or IP address of your email server
. Port—The number of the port to use when sending an email message

Methods
. Send—Enables you to send an email message synchronously
. SendAsync—Enables you to send an email message asynchronously

Events
. SendCompleted—Raised when an asynchronous send operation completes

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