In this chapter you’ll learn:
• The history of the Visual C# programming language.
• Some basics of object technology.
• The importance of XML as a data-representation scheme.
• About Microsoft’s .NET initiative, which involves the Internet in developing and using software systems.
• About the .NET Framework and the Common Language Runtime.
• To test-drive a Visual C# 2010 drawing application.
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