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Special Edition Using Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET by Jeff Spotts, Brian Siler

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Getting Started with Web Applications

When you request a Web page with your Internet browser, the end result is a document that appears on your screen. A document by itself is not much of an application in the traditional sense. However, when you include the activities going on behind the scenes that generate a Web page, the term Web application makes more sense. For example, when you click the Buy button at your favorite online store, a program may execute to validate your credit card number and other information in a customer database.

The major difference between a Web application, such as the online store, and a traditional Windows application is that most of the code resides on a Web server instead of your local PC. The Web server does ...

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