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Application Development Using Visual Basic® and .NET by Dana L. Wyatt, Peter Thorsteinson, Robert J. Oberg

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Microsoft and the Web

The World Wide Web has been a big catch-up challenge to Microsoft. Actually, the Web coexists quite well with Microsoft's traditional strength, the PC. Through a PC application, the browser, a user gains access to a whole world of information.

The Web relies on standards such as HTML, HTTP, and XML, which are essential for communication among diverse users on a wide variety of computer systems and devices.

While complex, the Windows PC is quite standardized. While the Web is based on standard protocols, there is a Tower of Babel of multiple languages, databases, development environments, and devices running on top of those protocols. This exploding complexity of technology exacerbates a growing shortage of knowledge workers ...

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