The Microsoft .NET Framework is not just about Windows Forms and Web services. This article discusses the simplest kind of Framework-based application-the console app-along with the frequently overlooked constructs of standard input/output and the pipe. When designed carefully, console applications offer a surprisingly powerful way of solving complex programming problems. One of the more exciting aspects of this approach is that while each application in the pipe is fairly simple, the result of their interaction can be a relatively complex task. Here the author explores the ins and outs of writing these console apps.
MSDN Magazine February 2004
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