Certification Definitions

  • #

    .NET

    .NET is both a business strategy from Microsoft and its collection of programming support for Web services. (Continued...)

  • A

    Atlas

    Atlas was the codename for a free Web client framework, created by Microsoft, that simplifies the creation of sites by integrating client script libraries with the rich, server-based platform of ASP.NET 2.0. Atlas is now called ASP .NET AJAX. Simply put, Atlas allows AJAX functionality in Visual Studio. (...Continued)

  • E

    Expression

    Expression is Microsoft's new set of products for application designers. The Expression suite is due for a general release in 2006 and is viewed by many as Microsoft's response to Adobe's popular Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash graphic design products.

  • H

    HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol)

    HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) is the set of rules for transferring files (text, graphic images, sound, video, and other multimedia files) on the World Wide Web. As soon as a Web user opens their Web browser, the user is indirectly making use of HTTP. HTTP is an application protocol that runs on top of the TCP/IP suite of protocols (the foundation protocols for the Internet).

  • I

    ISP (Internet service provider)

    An ISP (Internet service provider) is a company that provides individuals and other companies access to the Internet and other related services such as Web site building and virtual hosting.

  • P

    Programmer's Day

    Programmer's Day celebrates the contributions of programmers to humanity. The day is unofficially celebrated on the 256th day of the Gregorian calendar year. Therefore, it usually falls on Sept. 13, though on a leap year it is on September 12. (Continued...)

  • R

    reparse point

    A reparse point is an object in a file system with attributes that activate extended functionality... (Continued)

  • S

    static IP address/dynamic IP address

    A static IP address is a number (in the form of a dotted quad) that is assigned to a computer by an Internet service provider (ISP) to be its permanent address on the Internet. Computers use IP addresses to locate and talk to each other on the Internet, much the same way people use phone numbers to locate and talk to one another on the telephone. When you want to visit whatis.com, your computer asks a domain name system (DNS) server (think telephone information operator) for the correct dotted quad number (think phone number) for whatis.com and your computer uses the answer it receives to connect to the whatis.com server.

  • V

    Visual InterDev

    Visual InterDev is Microsoft's development tool for building a dynamic, data-driven Web site.

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