The chief merit of language is clearness.
Our life is frittered away with detail. . . . Simplify, simplify.
—Henry David Thoreau
Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.
—John F. Kennedy
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 ...