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What is "Common Type System" (CTS)?

Posted By :Shashi Ray     Posted Date :July 15, 2009    Points :10   Category :C# 
CTS define all of the basic types that can be used in the .NET Framework and the operations performed on those type. All this time we have been talking about language interoperability, and .NET Class Framework. None of this is possible without all the language sharing the same data types. What this means is that an int should mean the same in VB, VC++, C# and all other .NET compliant languages. This is achieved through introduction of Common Type System (CTS).

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What is the common type system (CTS)?

  
The common type system is a rich type system, built into the Common Language Runtime, that supports the types and operations found in most programming languages. The common type system supports the complete implementation of a wide range of programming languages. (More...)

What is a CTS (Common Type System)?

  
In order that two language communicate smoothly CLR (Common Language Runtime) has CTS (Common Type System).Eg:
in VB we have "Integer" and in C++ we have "long" these datatypes are not compatible so the interfacing between them is very complicated. So to accomplish this Microsoft introduced Common Type System. So "Integer" datatype in VB6 and
"int" datatype in C++ will convert it to System.int32 which is datatype of CTS. CLS which is
covered in the coming question is subset of CTS. (More...)

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