1. Introduction

The chief merit of language is clearness.

Galen

High thoughts must have high language.

Aristophanes

Our life is frittered away with detail. … Simplify, simplify.

Henry David Thoreau

My object all sublime I shall achieve in time.

W. S. Gilbert

Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.

John F. Kennedy

OBJECTIVES

In this chapter you’ll learn:

Image The history of the Visual C# programming language.

Image Some basics of object technology.

The history of the UML—the industry-standard object-oriented system modeling language.

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