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Applied Microsoft® .NET Framework Programming by Jeffrey Richter

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Introduction

Over the years, our computing lifestyles have changed. Today, everyone sees the value of the Internet, and our computing lifestyle is becoming more and more dependent on Web-based services. Personally, I love to shop, get traffic conditions, compare products, buy tickets, and read product reviews all via the Internet.

However, I’m finding that there are still many things I’d like to do using the Internet that aren’t possible today. For example, I’d like to find restaurants in my area that serve a particular cuisine. Furthermore, I’d like to be able to ask if the restaurant has any seating for, say, 7:00 p.m. that night. Or if I had my own business, I might like to know which vendor has a particular item in stock. If multiple vendors ...

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