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 C# 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 8, .NET 4.5, Visual Studio 2012 and Visual C# 2012 play in the Visual C# ecosystem.
• To test-drive a Visual C# 2012 ...