It's almost inevitable that you will need to use streaming in your applications. Yet streaming is one of the most often misunderstood topics. This misunderstanding is the result of the fact that there are multiple elements into the streaming architecture. This course we will cover many of these important elements. We start off with the overall architecture and the common features of all stream types. Then we will move into backing store streams, as well as explaining the different types of these streams. We will then cover another type of stream called decorator streams. Following that we will learn about stream adapters as the mechanism to work with high level data representation instead of bytes. Finally, we will cover how to take advantage of asynchronous operations in .NET streaming.