Chapter 1. Introduction to Computers, the Internet and Visual C#


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 and software concepts.
  • The different types of programming languages.
  • The history of the Visual C# programming language.
  • Some basics of object technology.
  • The history of the Internet and the World Wide Web.
  • About Microsoft’s .NET initiative, which involves the Internet in developing and using software systems.
  • To test-drive a Visual C# 2010 drawing application.


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