1. Introduction to Computers, the Internet and Visual Basic

The chief merit of language is clearness.

—Galen

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

—Henry David Thoreau

Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.

—John F. Kennedy

Objectives

In this chapter you’ll learn:

• Basic hardware, software and data concepts.

• The different types of programming languages.

• The history of the Visual Basic programming language and the Windows operating system.

• What cloud computing with Windows Azure™ is.

• Basics of object technology.

• The history of the Internet and the World Wide Web.

• The parts that Windows, .NET, Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Basic 2012 play in the Visual Basic ecosystem.

• To test-drive a Visual ...

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