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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Programming, Third Edition by Greg Perry

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Internet Programming Considerations

Once you understand Internet-related terminology, you'll have little trouble understanding the technology required to program Internet applications. It's impossible to understand Internet-based programming if you do not have a grasp of the hardware and software technology related to Internet communications.

Because communication between computers is the ultimate goal of the Internet, the data is always sent along a serial wire from one computer to the next until the final machine receives the signal. The connection between computers—a phone cable in most cases—transmits only a single bit of information at a time. Binary 1s (ones) and 0s (zeros) are all that travel the lines between Internet computers. Fortunately, ...

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