Sunday 10 June 2007

CTS

Q. What is Common Type System (CTS)

A.The common type system defines how types are declared, used, and managed in the runtime, and is also an important part of the runtime's support for cross-language integration. The common type system performs the following functions:

* Establishes a framework that helps enable cross-language integration, type safety, and high performance code execution.
* Provides an object-oriented model that supports the complete implementation of many programming languages.
* Defines rules that languages must follow, which helps ensure that objects written in different languages can interact with each other.

The CTS provides every language running on the .NET platform with a base set of data types. While the CTS is responsible for defining the types that can be used across the .NET languages, most languages choose to implement aliases to those types. For example, a four-byte integer value is represented by the CTS type System.Int32. C# defines an alias for this called type called int.